Dangers of Bath Salts from China

Dangers of Bath Salts from ChinaBath salts are one of the latest designer drugs manufactured in an effort to stay one step ahead of drug laws and find a legal high. As of yet, bath salts have not been regulated by the federal government, but many states that have experienced the consequences of bath salts abuse have taken the lead and passed legislation outlawing their sale and manufacture. Sometimes these laws take the form of injunctions against manufacturing or selling anything that is analogous to an illegal drug; bath salts fall into this category because their active ingredients mimic illegal stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamines.

Since bath salts are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain in the United States, much of the current supply of bath salts originates overseas, often in China, and is purchased over the internet. The dangers of bath salts from China are the same as the dangers of bath salts originating anywhere.

Dangerous Active Ingredients in Bath Salts

Bath salts are extremely dangerous drugs. Their active ingredients, mephedrone, pyrovalerone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, are dangerous stimulants that can cause a range of adverse symptoms, including the following:

  • High blood pressure
  • Hypertension
  • Increased heart rate
  • Chest pains
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Aggression
  • Paranoia
  • Delusions

In states where bath salts are already a problem, hospital emergency rooms report a large number of cases of individuals being treated for the effects of bath salts. The consequences of bath salts abuse are often very similar to those of abuse or overdose of other stimulants, such as cocaine and crystal meth. Users can suffer convulsions, stroke, coma and even death from cardiac arrest.

Treating bath salts overdose is often complicated by the fact that although the effects of bath salts mimic those of other stimulants, traditional methods of counteracting stimulant overdose are often ineffective with bath salts. For instance, stimulant overdose is often treated with the sedative Valium, which counteracts the effects of the stimulant. With bath salts, however, the patient often reverts to the delusional and psychotic behavior displayed upon admission to the hospital when the sedative wears off. In some cases, bath salts abuse may lead to permanent brain damage.

Other Dangerous Chemicals in Bath Salts

Another factor that makes bath salts so dangerous is that the inactive ingredients may include any number of toxic substances. Chemical analysis of bath salts has determined that they sometimes contain chemicals used in insecticides and herbicides found in preparations used to kill algae and pond scum. These chemicals are designed to kill biological tissue; many bath salts packages are even labeled “not for human consumption.” Since they do not constitute a food or drug designed for human use, they are not subject to regulation by the FDA and may contain any number of chemicals that are, quite simply, poisonous. This holds true regardless of where the bath salts are manufactured.

Bath Salts Are Addictive

In addition to the aforementioned dangers, bath salts have also proven to be highly addictive. Users can become psychologically addicted to their effects even after having experienced dangerous and miserable episodes requiring emergency room treatment.

If you or someone you know has become addicted to bath salts and needs addiction treatment or if you simply have questions about this relatively new and very dangerous drug, please call us. Counselors are available 24 hours a day at our toll-free number.