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New unregulated psychoactive substances marketed as “bath salts”

Florida Fusion Center – 2011

This bulletin is intended to raise awareness about the growing problem of bath salts abuse. Presents an overview of these stimulant drugs, including common street names. Describes their chemical makeup and legal status in the U.S. and abroad. Also describes their physical appearance, price, and how they are ingested. Notes their toxicity and lists known side effects, which can be severe. Also notes their popularity with young people. Describes the current status of bath salts in Florida, noting increasing numbers of poison center calls and emergency room visits associated with their use, particularly among youth.