Bath Salts

What are bath salts?

“Bath salts” is a slang term for certain types of man-made drugs that are used to get high. They are usually a white or tan powder sold in small packets under names like Ivory Wave, Vanilla Sky, White Lightning, Bolivian Bath and Cloud 9. Bath salts are stimulants (“uppers”), like ecstasy or cocaine.

These drugs are very different from products you would use in your tub, such as Calgon®. The drugs were originally sold as “bath salts” or “plant food” and labeled “not for human consumption” in order to get around drug laws. Bath salts are now controlled substances under both federal laws and local laws in each state in Northern New England.

What are the symptoms of bath salts poisoning?

Bath salts are dangerous drugs. People who take them can hurt themselves or people around them.

Someone who takes bath salts may:

  • Have a fast heartbeat or high blood pressure
  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Feel very nervous or paranoid
  • See or hear things that aren’t there
  • Have muscle damage
  • Have seizures or uncontrolled body movements
  • Become violent and dangerous
What can you do about bath salts poisoning?

If someone has taken bath salts, or if you have other questions about these drugs, call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222 or chat online.

If someone has passed out, is not breathing or is acting violently, call 911 right away.

You can learn more about bath salts from the NNEPC Bath Salts Webinar.