Yes, you read that right. Bath Salts.
Sadly, people are willing to try most anything to get a cheap high. The latest trend is to replace meth’s high with “specialty” bath salts that can be purchased legally at many smoke shops.
These bath salts aren’t your average Calgon type, relaxing, bath salts – These bath salts are made to be ingested, despite their label saying “Not for human consumption”. Yeah right, just like water pipes are for smoking tobacco right? heh. We all know that head shops skirt the law by selling drug paraphernalia under different names and this is no exception.
At $50 per gram on average, these bath salts are said to give a “meth like” high. The salts are generally snorted or smoked, according to most sources and come packaged under seemingly inconspicuous names such as “Vanilla Sky“, “Ivory Wave” and “Ocean Snow“. There are pretty big differences between these bath salts and meth, however, they are just as dangerous. There is some pretty nasty stuff on the list of ingredients and the side effects are crazy, literally. According to an article in the Washington Post:
When Neil Brown got high on bath salts, he took his skinning knife and slit his face and stomach repeatedly.
According to the same article, bath salts cause extreme hallucinations, paranoia and suicidal thoughts. So in essence, the side effects are similar to that of meth use.
It won’t be long before these salts are outlawed in the United States, however it won’t be long before the next cheap, meth alternative hits the market either. This is just one more thing to be aware of.