Synthetic stimulants, like "Bath Salts," are powerful and addictive amphetamine- or methamphetamine-like stimulants. They have been known or marketed as bath salts or plant food under names including Ivory Wave, Purple Wave, Vanilla Sky or Bliss. The drugs appear as a white, tan or brown powder that is snorted, smoked, swallowed or injected.
Use of these drugs can lead to paranoia and violence, creating dangerous situations for users, the public, law enforcement, and health care professionals. People who use these drugs can suffer high temperatures, seizures, muscle breakdown, kidney failure, heart rhythm disturbances and death. Immediate medical attention is needed.
“Bath salts” are not the same as the household product sold under the same name, designed for use in the bath.
Vermont's Regulated Drugs Rule ban the manufacture, use, sale or possession of these drugs.
Bath Salts & Synthetic Drugs Information
- Vermont's Regulated Drugs Rule
- Bath Salts - Northern New England Poison Center
- Synthetic Drugs: Bath Salts & Cannabinoids - Presentation by Kirk Kimball, Vermont Department of Health Laboratory
- Vermont Alcohol and Drug Information Clearinghouse
- Medication Assisted Therapy for Opioid Dependence
- National Institute on Drug Abuse - bath salts
- Synthetic Drugs: Bath Salts, K2/Spice: A guide for parents and other influencers - The Partnership at Drugfree.org
Call ADAP at 802-651-1550, or email: AHS.VDHADAP@state.vt.us with questions or for further information.