Sometimes I put bath salts in my Jacuzzi tub. A two-pound box of salts usually costs three or four dollars and it is available in several different scents. Even though the salts smell nice, I have never felt an urge to stuff my nose into the box and snort the salts into my nasal passages.
Apparently I am unusual, because other people are snorting bath salts.
According to recent media stories, the Utah Poison Control Center is reporting a growing trend of people using a specific brand of bath salt to get high. The effect is reportedly like an amphetamine rush.
These are obviously not the same bath salts I use because the going price is $30 for 200 milligrams (less than one one-hundredth of an ounce). If my math is correct, sniffing powdered silver would be less expensive.
I wonder how people discover these things. Are there people who randomly snort every substance they encounter to see if they can find one that gets them high? I suppose it is possible that one could get quite a buzz from snorting ground up chicken dung, but I will never find out.
Although I’ve never intentionally tried it, inhaling black pepper dust produces quite a sensation and the price is much more reasonable.
As a result of the abuse of this product, law enforcement officials are asking for a ban on its sale during the next session of the Utah Legislature. I just hope my bath salts escape the ban.