'Bath Salts' have become a highly publicized, designer drug in recent years. From the Florida “zombie
” who ate a man’s face, to high school kids hallucinating and freaking out, and even numerous deaths, the designer drug has become the focus of law makers.
Lt. George Loeffler, a psychiatry resident at Naval Medical Center San Diego, says 'bath salts' users risk suffering hallucinations, paranoia and other horrific effect for weeks after "jacking up their brain" on the drug, reports
the New York Daily News.
'Bath Salts' have been blamed for numerous paranoid episodes, and even the suicide
of a a St. Tammany, LA man who had snorted a packet of Cloud 9 'bath salts', before slitting his own throat in Jan. 2011.
The military is, apparently, more susceptible to the usage of 'bath salts' because the drug is often a mix of chemicals that drug tests aren’t designed to reveal, reports
Business Insider. The chemicals vary between each batch and often contain household chemicals that aren't considered illegal substances.
The compounds are marketed as ‘bath salts,’ or room deodorizers and cleaning products, which makes them hard to regulate under federal laws. Often they are sold with a disclaimer on the package that says “Not for Human Consumption.” They are also sold with flowery names like Ivory Wave, Bliss and Vanilla Sky, making them enticing to potential users.