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Synthetic cathinones, often marketed as “bath salts,” have names like Cloud 9 and Bliss. They are NOT the bath salts you use in your tub. These are powerful illegal drugs that have not been tested for safety, so users don’t really know exactly what chemicals they are putting into their bodies. The side effects they cause may be permanent.Poison center experts say these substances are among the worst they have seen.

The effects are generally similar to those of cocaine, amphetamine and other stimulants but vary with compound, dose and route of administration. Users may sniff or swallow the drugs or even inject them. Poison center experts say these substances are among the worst they have seen.

Users have experienced many side effects, such as:

  • Paranoia and violent behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Seizures
  • Panic attacks
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea and vomiting

The popularity of bath salts has been progressively weakening. The number of exposure calls to poison centers has gradually lessened from a high of 6,137 calls in 2011 to 229 calls as of May 31, 2015. The drug seems to be most popular with people who are between 20 and 29 years old. However, poison centers have seen bath salts exposures in a wide range of ages, from younger than 6 to older than 59.

If you or a loved one is ready to enter a drug rehabilitation center to treat your addiction to bath salts or any other substance, call us toll-free today at 1 (877) 968-6283 or fill out our confidential online form. A caring recoveryas.com addiction specialist will find the right substance abuse rehab for your problem at no cost to you.