Bath Salts, Flakka and The Zombie Drug
Bath salts, called “Flakka” or “The Zombie Drug” on the street, fall under the category of stimulants. Bath salts are known as synthetic cathinone’s, including methylone and mephedrone. While natural cathinone is mild, the synthetic variations can be very strong and have dangerous side effects. The term “bath salts” derives from the substance looking like literal bath salts, having the same granular crystal-like appearance. The psychoactive chemical compounds in bath salts may produce effects like those experienced from cocaine, methamphetamine or MDMA. They can be snorted, smoked, ingested or even injected.
The misuse of bath salts begins to impact a person starting with the first time they take them, and it does not need to be used for a long period of time or in high doses before negative side effects occur since they are manufactured chemicals. People who use bath salts may begin demonstrating cognitive issues like shortened attention spans, or more serious issues like cardiovascular problems, seizures and brain swelling.
Brain swelling, seizures, and respiratory problems will often cause irreparable damage to the brain.
Recent studies suggested that the main chemical in bath salts, MDPV, is more addictive than meth. The adverse effects of MDPV can last for six to eight hours and can cause severe psychosis (think the man who ate another man’s face in Miami) and death.