A family of designer drugs, known by their street name as “bath salts,” include substituted cathinone. The white crystals match legal bathing products like Epsom salts, and are called bath salts, and are often labeled as “not for human consumption” in an endeavor to avoid prohibition.
The number of visits to poison centers concerning bath salts rose to 6,138 in 2011 from 304 in 2010, in step with the American Association of Poison Control Centers. More than 1,000 calls had been made in 2012 by June.
Users of bath salts have reported experiencing symptoms including headache, heart palpitations, nausea, and cold fingers. Hallucinations, paranoia, and panic attacks have also been reported, and news media have reported associations with violent behavior, heart attack, kidney failure, liver failure, suicide, and an increased tolerance for pain.
Little is understood about what percentage of people use bath salts. In the UK, mephedrone is the fourth most ordinarily used drug among nightclub goers after cannabis, ecstasy, and cocaine. Supported reports to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the utilization of bath salts within the US is believed to possess increased significantly between 2010 and 2011. The rise in use is believed to be a result of their extensive availability and sensationalist media coverage.