When most of think about bath crystals, we think of frazzled moms trying to steal an hour of “me” time after a long day at the office. However, enterprising drug seekers imagine something very different: an opportunity to get legally blazed out of their minds.
Apparently, some of those fancy bath salts you use for aromatic, tub-based relaxation may contain the stimulants mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MPDV) and reportedly give an even more psychotic meth-like high when snorted, injected or smoked, and can cause hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rates and suicidal thoughts. While these salts are labeled “not for human consumption,” more and more people are consuming it, with sometimes-deadly consequences.
At least two deaths in the U.K. have been linked to snorting bath salt. Mississippi lawmakers this week began considering a proposal to ban the sale of the powders, and a similar step is being sought in Kentucky. In Louisiana, the bath salts were outlawed by an emergency order after the state’s poison center received more than 125 calls in the last three months of 2010 involving exposure to the chemicals.
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