Miami homeless man high on ‘bath salts’ growls, tries to bite police officer and smashes his head against cell.
Check out this ABC News video focusing on the new drug that has had devastating effects in communities throughout America. Bath Salts have become increasingly popular in urban party scenes, and they can trigger extremely violent outbursts. Click Here to see the Video.
The synthetic powder is sold legally online and in drug paraphernalia stores under a variety of names, such as “Ivory Wave,” “Purple Wave,” “Red Dove,” “Blue Silk,” “Zoom,” “Bloom,” “Cloud Nine,” “Ocean Snow,” “Lunar Wave,” “Vanilla Sky,” “White Lightning,” “Scarface,” and “Hurricane Charlie.” Because these products are relatively new to the drug abuse scene, our knowledge about their precise chemical composition and short- and long-term effects is limited, yet the information we do have is worrisome and warrants a proactive stance to understand and minimize any potential dangers to the health of the public.
Bath Salts have been linked to an alarming number of ER visits across the country. Doctors and clinicians at U.S. poison centers have indicated that ingesting or snorting “bath salts” containing synthetic stimulants can cause chest pains, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, agitation, hallucinations, extreme paranoia, and delusions.
Compliance specialists at USA Mobile Drug Testing can provide information about the use of bath salts in your local community. Lab testing for bath salts is available from USA Mobile Drug Testing with a special drug testing panel. Employers should contact USA Mobile Drug Testing for help in implementing an effective Drug Free Workplace Program.