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Bath Salts

"Bath salts" are a designer drug that has become available. Bath salts are a powerful drug with severe side effects. Street names for drugs like this can be as wild as "Ivory wave", "Bliss", and "White lightning." The chemicals from bath salts can cause paranoia, hallucinations and rapid heartbeats, all of which can lead to suicidal ideation. Unfortunately, the chemicals in these bath salts are in products that are legally sold at grocery stores and on the Internet. The effects of using these bath salts can be as powerful as abusing meth. While this type of stimulant is not regulated by the DEA, the federal government is observing this trend with a high level of scrutiny. The specific drug in bath salts is methylenedioxy pyrovalerone, or MDPV or sometimes mephedrone. Most users of bath salts are experienced drug users


Salvia is from Mexico and very similar to the herb, sage. As we know, sage has been around for centuries but there is very little research on the long-term effects of its cousin, salvia. It is usually smoked or chewed and swallowed. If it is smoked, the high lasts for approximately 15 minutes, but when chewed and ingested the chemicals in the Salvia mix with saliva inducing hallucinations that can last up to two hours.

This drug is not listed in the Federal Controlled Substances Act, so it can be legally obtained by anyone seeking an alternative to marijuana or mescaline, which means it is highly accessible to teens and adolescents. It is marketed on the Internet as safe and legal and can often be purchased for about twenty dollars per ounce. It is not clear if Salvia is addictive, however many users have reported negative effects similar to those from acid, including scary flashbacks and severe depressions.


"Spice" is also known as K2, marijuana alternative, Skunk, Black Magic, and Yucatan Fire. These names are similar to the names of various strains of marijuana, belying the similarities between the two drugs. This synthetic marijuana is used as an alternative to the regularly and commonly abused cannabis. Spice users report effects similar to those of marijuana use. Spice gives them the same feeling of euphoria, giddiness, sleepiness and even hunger. Spice use, or a bad mixture of the drug, can cause vomiting, increased or rapid heart rate, hallucinations, agitation or confusion.

Spice is mainly smoked, like marijuana, which aids in the feeling many teenagers seek, which is that of being dangerous or sneaky. Spice is labeled "not for human consumption," but this warning stops very few people. Perhaps the largest reason for the new Spice smoking craze is the fact that it does not show up on routine urine screening or blood drug tests, requiring a specific test to detect Spice use.

Triple C

Triple C is a slang term referring to cough medicine, derived from the name "Coricidin Cough and Cold," an over-the-counter cough syrup used for antihistamine purposes. Unless labeled "DXM free," there is a chemical found in nearly all cough syrups and medication called dextromethorphan, DXM. DXM causes a high that abusers seek. As with Spice, this over-the-counter drug is not illegal to obtain and therefore easily accessible for most teens and adolescents.

Adolescents as young as middle school students may be overheard talking about "robo-tripping." This term refers to taking a much higher dosage, or drinking, a cough syrup such as Robitussin, in order to achieve the hallucinative state these adolescents are looking for.
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