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The mission of ODCP is to serve as a leader and a catalyst for improving the health and safety of all Iowans by promoting strategic approaches and collaboration to reduce drug use and related crime.

Bath Salts

"Bath Salts" are NOT real bath salts! They are referred to as novelty items and are labeled "not for human consumption."

Bath Salts

False "Bath Salts" are marketed under the names Ivory Wave, Cloud Nine, Bliss, Tranquility, Blue Silk, Blizzard, Ocean Burst, Vanilla Sky, and more.

DEA Moved to Emergency Control Synthetic Stimulants such as Bath Salts on Sept. 7, 2011

Bath Salts Information

• NOT real bath salts! They are referred to as novelty items, and are labeled “not for human consumption.”

• Also marketed as bath crystals, plant food, and herbal incense.

• Described as a white, tan or brown odorless, powdery substance

• Contain MDPV (methlenedioxypyrovalerone) or mephedrone, both of which are derivatives of the chemical cathinone, a naturally occurring chemical found in the “Khat” (Catha edulis) plant. Cathinone is a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance. “Bath salts” may also contain large amounts of caffeine.

• Both MDPV and mephedrone are central nervous stimulants.

• Effects are similar to cocaine, methamphetamine, or MDMA. Sometimes called “fake” cocaine or “fake” meth.

• Can be snorted, injected, or eaten.

• Physical Effects: Racing heart beat, Extreme elevations of blood pressure, Sleeplessness, Loss of appetite, Strange eye movements, White powder on nostrils or lips

• Psychological Effects: Extreme agitation or anxiety, Hallucinations, Paranoia, Change in personality, Depression, Aggression or disturbed behavior, Delusions, Hostility, Violence, Suicidal thoughts

• MDPV and mephedrone can cause intense cravings and can lead to binges lasting several days.

• Sold at tobacco shops, convenience stores, gas stations, head shops, and truck stops among others; and via the Internet.

• The various brands are sold in 50-milligram to 500-milligram packets. Prices range from $25 to $50 per 50-milligram packet.

Additional Bath Salts Information

Synthetic Drug PowerPoint - April 2012, ODCP (for more information or a personalized version of this presentation, please contact ODCP)

Iowa Poison Control Center: Bath Salts

Bath Salts Alert

A Deadly New Drug Craze - Dr. Oz Show

K2/Spice, Bath Salts, and Salvia Legislation

Pete Grady of the Attorney General’s Office makes a strong argument that because of confusing language in section 134 of SF 533, the delayed imposition of the penalties for bath salts and salvia should be sixty rather than thirty days.

Law Update: K2/Spice, Bath Salts, and Salvia Legislation

SF 510

SF 533