The misuse of everyday items is becoming critical in our nation. One example is what is occurring with common bath salts. Its untended purpose often relieves stress and pain. However, a growing number of people are beginning to, smoke bath salts to achieve a similar result as one might experience from marijuana, the outcomes can be devastating and require that all appropriate actions be taken to stop this behavior.
The difference Between Bath Salts and Marijuana is that bath salts is Synthetic marijuana which is a designer drug. Often, designer drugs are created when companies tweak the chemistry of existing drugs just enough to skirt drug laws and fool urine tests – at least until lawmakers can catch up. In this way, synthetic marijuana is similar to the designer drugs called “bath salts” — synthetic marijuana is designed to give users a pot-like high, while bath salts aim to mimic the effects of methamphetamine. Bath salts typically take the form of a white or brown powder and are sold in small plastic or foil packages labeled “not for human use.” Sometimes also marketed as “plant food”—or, more recently, as “jewelry cleaner” or “phone screen cleaner”—they are sold online and in drug paraphernalia stores under a variety of brand names, such as “Ivory Wave," "Bloom," "Cloud Nine," "Lunar Wave," "Vanilla Sky," "White Lightning," and “Scarface.”
Some users that use synthetic marijuana experience “a fast, racing heartbeat, elevated blood pressure, and nausea.” In addition, research found that the chemicals in synthetic marijuana “are three to five times more dangerous than marijuana,” leading to symptoms, including “loss of consciousness, paranoia, and, occasionally weird episodes that happens to you. The dangers of bath salts are compounded by the fact that these products may contain other, unknown ingredients that may have their own harmful effects. Also, drug users who believe they are purchasing other drugs such as ecstasy may be in danger of...