- Illicit drugs are being falsely marketed as bath salts, plant food, growth stimulator, pH optimizer, insect repellent, and pond scum remover.
- Substances identified in these products are synthetic cathinones which have effects similar the cocaine, methamphetamine and ecstacy. These chemicals have stimulant properties that can have very serious side effects including severe chest pain, severe anxiety, severe paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, seizures, and suicidal thoughts.
- These products may be snorted, smoked, injected or mixed with water and ingested.
- Bath salts containing MDPV and mephedrone were first noted in Europe in 2004. Many European countries have banned these substances.
- Products are sold at convenience stores, truck stops, and online. Packaging is typically in small foil bags or plastic screw-top containers.
- These products are typically sold in small packages that cost $15.00 to $50.00 per package. The substance in the package usually has a powder appearance, but some appear as crystals.
- The color is white to yellowish to grey to light brown. These substances have caused several deaths in the United States. The first confirmed death from the use of these products occurred in Louisiana in November 2010.
NamesNew names for these products are observed frequently. Some of the names identified include Cloud 9, Cloud 10, Cloud 10 Ultra, Ivory Wave, Ivory Wave Ultra, Euphoria, Cotton Cloud, Serenity Now, Vanilla Sky, Bonsai Grow, Lovey Dovey, White Lightning, White Knight, Aura, Blue Silk, Arctic Blast, Ivory Fresh, White Dove, Red Dove, Bayou Ivory Flower, Energizing Aromatherapy Powder, Dynamite, Dynamite Plus, White China, Snow Day, Lady Bubbles, Blue Magic, White Rush, Zoom, Ocean Snow, Lunar Wave, Blue Silk, Bloom, Scarface, Hurricane Charlie, Mystic, Pure White Tranquility, Wicked X, Mr. Nice Guy, Bonsai Winter, Boost, White Horse, C Original, White Girls, Snow Leopard, Gold Rush, Route 69, Bolivian Bath and White Rush.
On July 22, 2011 Governor Pat Quinn banned the synthetic drugs marketed in bath salts in the nation, regulating the following chemicals; 3,4-Methylenedioxymethcathinone (Methylone), 3,4 Methyenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), 4-Methylmethcathinone (Mephedrone), 4-methoxymethcathinone, 4 Fluoromethcathinone and 3-Fluoromethcathinone. The Drug Enforcement Agency used emergency powers to add these chemicals to the controlled dangerous substance act as Schedule I drugs. The possession, manufacturing or distribution of these drugs will carry penalties similar to those of heroin, which could mean up to 30 years in prison.