Bath salts are synthetic drugs chemically related to cathinone, which is a stimulant found in the Khat plant. They belong to a group of drugs called â€œNew Psychoactive Substancesâ€ (NPS), which are unregulated mind-altering substances that have recently entered the market in new chemical forms and which copy the effects of some of the illegal drugs from the past. Bath Salts are marketed as a cheaper alternative to other expensive drugs, such as meth and cocaine. The drug is commonly found in the form of white or brown crystal-like powder and sold in small plastic bags labeled â€œNot For Human Consumption,â€ or â€œPlant Food,â€ and sometimes even as â€œPhone Screen Cleaner.
The intake method can be anything from swallowing, snorting, smoking or even injecting. The exact effect of the drug on the human brain is not yet known but it is believed to have the same effects as cocaine, amphetamines and MDMA. Some of the common effects of bath salts include anxiety, depression and lowered self-consciousness.
Some of the street names and slangs used for synthetic cathinones include: