Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Mental Health Center

Font Size

'Bath Salts' Have Effects Similar to Meth, Ecstasy

Meth-Like Craving, Ecstasy-Like Brain Damage Found in Rat Studies of Bath Salts

Bath Salts, Plant Food, Decorative Sand, and Toy Cleaner continued...

Last May, the Michigan health department reported a surge in emergency-room visits from people who had swallowed, snorted, or injected bath salts. Seventeen of the patients were hospitalized; one was dead on arrival.

Several states already have introduced legislation to ban sale of bath-salt products, but the substances remain available via online sellers.

"I would like to urge parents, teachers, and the public at large to be aware of the potential dangers associated with the use of these drugs and to exercise a judicious level of vigilance that will help us deal with this problem most effectively," Nora D. Volkow, MD, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, says in a news release.

Fleckenstein and colleagues report their findings in the online edition of the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

1|2

Today on WebMD

Hands breaking pencil in frustration
Quiz
Woman looking out window
Article
 
woman standing behind curtains
Article
Pet scan depression
Slideshow
 
Woman standing in grass field barefoot, wind blowi
Article
Plate of half eaten cakes
Article
 
Phobias
Slideshow
mother kissing newborn
Slideshow
 
Woman multitasking
Article
thumbnail_tired_woman_yawning
Article
 
colored pencils
VIDEO
Woman relaxing with a dog
Feature
 

WebMD Special Sections