A new breed of bath salts is still legal in 22 US states, according to New York Times. They've only been banned recently in some of the 28 states that deem it illegal.
Easily accessible online and on the streets of major cities in some states, this newly-abused substance is getting people high and making some of them crazy.
Traditional bath salts have been dissolved in baths for thousands of years to enhance the bathing experience. This new breed of bath salts, however, have no legitimate use for bathing and are intended for substance abuse, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Although labeled not intended for human consumption, some of these bath salts' names - including White Rush, Cloud Nine, Vanilla Sky, and Sextasy - arguably betray their true intentions.
They contain stimulant compounds such as 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) or 4-methylmethcathinone (mephedrone) and are abused via ingestion, inhalation, and injection.
The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) reported that from November 13, 2010 to March 31, 2011, the 35 bath salts abusers who visited the emergency rooms in Marquette County exhibited signs of acute intoxication.
Their symptoms include agitation, rapid heartbeat, delusion, hallucination, paranoia, hypertension, tremors, and mydriasis. Seventeen were hospitalized, nine were admitted to the intensive care unit, and one was dead upon arrival.
Bath salt can also turn people extremely violent and out of control, thus placing extra burdens on hospitals.
A Pennsylvania police officer told NYTimes that one patient was only a small female, but it took four officers to hold her down, along with two orderlies.
That's how out of control she was, he said.