The bath salts allegedly involved in that horrific cannibal-style attack aren’t the kind you’re going to find in the Body Shop, and it’s not even clear if they were being abused by the attacker at all (cops just made an educated guess about the situation). In any case, people are freaking out that bath salts may bring on the zombie apocalypse. If that were the case, why on Earth would people want to do bath salts? No one actually wants to be a zombie–that’s why The Walking Dead is still on the air, otherwise everyone would just let themselves get bitten and have a field day, right?
To these people: Relax. Chances are that the zombie apocalypse won’t happen anytime soon, and if it does, it won’t be from bath salts. But that doesn’t mean they’re good for you by any means.
So what are bath salts? “Bath salts” is a generic street term for a group of synthetic stimulants–uppers, if you will. The chemicals in bath salts can vary, but is usually one or a combination of mephedrone, MDPV, and methylone. However, since bath salts are synthetic and usually cooked up by drug dealers–who generally aren’t the most trustworthy nor honest people–it can be hard to know what you’re actually getting, which adds to the dangers of taking the drug. They’re usually sold in packets and are pretty cheap, which is part of why they’re so popular–users can snag them for $25 to $50. Additionally, bath salts can be eaten, snorted, or injected (ick!), making them a pretty versatile designer drug.
But what do bath salts actually do? They act as a stimulant, similar to cocaine or meth (yikes!). They effect your central nervous system, and can increase your heart rate and blood pressure, which is super dangerous–even if you’re healthy, you can have a heart attack! They can also make you agitated, and, in really severe cases, make you hallucinate and get aggressive and paranoid–which may be why cops think the “zombie attack” had a lot to do with these drugs.
However, one resource says that bath salts are pretty similar to the prescription drug Adderall: some people even use it to up their energy for work or to study. However, the sleep deprivation it causes brings with it some pretty scary effects: hallucinations, paranoia, and the aggressive behavior mentioned above. It’s tough to tell, since the drug is still being studied, whether bath salts themselves or the sleeplessness associated with them is what causes the frightening effects. The lack of sleep often leads users to taking “downers” to finally get some rest, only to need more uppers–as in, some more bath salts–to get up and function again, leading to a vicious and often scary cycle.
Since there’s still a lot more research that needs to be done on bath salts, we suggest avoiding them at all costs. If you need to pull an all-nighter, eat an apple and chug a Red Bull, then nap the next day. If you need a study aid, get a tutor or go to a doctor who can legally prescribe you something safe. Bath salts aren’t worth the risk!
Though not a lot is known about bath salts right now, they’re still illegal in most states. So what are bath salts? In short, they’re bad news. In some cases, really deadly (or undeadly) bad news.
Have you ever used bath salts? Do you think bath salts caused the “zombie attack”? Would you ever use bath salts? Tell us in the comments!