Synthetic cathinones are 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, and 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. Users have experienced many side effects, such as:
Paranoia and violent behavior.
Increased blood pressure and heart rate.
Nausea and vomiting.
In 2011, poison centers took 6,138 calls about exposures to bath salts. (Click here for detailed data .) 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.
What should you do if someone has taken bath salts?
Call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222. Fifty-seven poison centers around the country have experts waiting to answer your call. These experts can help you decide whether someone can be treated at home, or whether he or she must go to a hospital.
Dial 9-1-1 immediately if someone:
Has a seizure.
For more information, call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222. Poison centers are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year for poisoning emergencies and for informational calls, too.
Bath Salts Exposures 2012
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