Take me away: Bath salts boast chemical emerging as cheap — and dangerous — drug

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Take me away: Bath salts boast chemical emerging as cheap — and dangerous — drug

What: Potent chemicals contained in bath salts — marketed under innocuous-sounding names such as Ivory Wave and Bliss — are being used for more than just their relaxing effects.

The effects: When injected, snorted or smoked, these chemicals can cause hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rates and suicidal thoughts, leading to overdoses and possible death.

Why it’s outrageous: Because they are sold in convenience stores and online as personal-care products and are not federally regulated, anyone can buy them. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency says the process to regulate a new substance can take years. And while some states are discussing banning their sale, users can just cross into a neighboring state to buy the products. Since the chemicals are legal for now, those who are caught using them can only be charged with disorderly conduct if they are found causing a scene.

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