Psychoactive bath salts (PABS) are highly addictive and extremely hazardous stimulant drugs, used only recreationally. Other nicknames include Red Dove, Vanilla Sky, Blue Silk, Ivory Wave, White Lightning, and White Dove. They affect the central nervous system by blocking reuptake of norepinephrine and dopamine, hindering the brain’s natural processing of pleasure and excitement, causing people to lose control of muscle movement, and cognition. These can be ingested orally, injected intravenously, or snorted, and their effects are immediate and toxic.
The main ingredient is “methylenedioxyprovalerone (MDPV), a stimulant that produces a high similar to that of methamphetamines. Not to be confused with Epsom salts or other fragrances used to scent bathwater, “bath salts” are white and odorless powders that when taken into the body can cause strange, even psychotic effects. People have reported “zombie-like” behavior and feeling constantly fearful, especially about losing control of their bodies.
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Increased body temperature
- Extreme anxiety attacks
- Agitation and Irritability
- Hostile behavior
Addiction and Overdose
After taking these, people feel euphoric and overly excited, and also experience intensive drug cravings, leading to increased tolerance and continual recreation of the drug. Like most synthetic drugs, these can cause life-threatening health risks:
Its addictive quality makes it easy to overdose. Being extremely toxic, some of the side effects can have an overall negative impact on health, impeding normal physical and psychological functioning. Many states are taking legal action against their production and sale, and research shows that, recently, a number of emergency room visits have been connected to “bath salt” overdose. Addiction and overdose both should be avoided whether it is any recreational drug like LSD, PCP, DMT, Inhalants or Heroin. anySymptoms of overdose may include:
- Chest pains
- Kidney failure
Addiction therapy is necessary to treat the drug cravings that often come with the use of “bath salts”. It is a good idea to seek inpatient treatment care to ensure no possible way of attaining the drug and to have doctors and medical professionals on constant watch. If you or a loved one are suffering from this addiction, a drug rehabilitation center can provide the treatment you need to get your life back on track.