Teen Trend Bath Salts: What Parents Need to Know
While they are sold over the counter, they're far from safe. Bath salts, the street name for powdery stimulants, can cause hallucinations.
Dr. Ian Smith says that while their name suggests they are innocent, they are not. "These bath salts are stimulants just like cocaine or amphetamines. They make you race." He continues, "You have these central nervous system stimulation effects and they can have serious, serious consequences down the road."
Abby, 14, shares her experience trying bath salts...
"I was just curious because everyone was talking about it and I wanted to try it and see what it was like," says Abby.
"So what did it feel like when you did it?" asks Anderson.
"You get like really hyper and you talk a lot and you just tell your feelings about everything."
While she says it felt good at first, its effects quickly turning into dangerous territory... having to go to the hospital for high blood pressure. One of her friends who also tried the stimulant became unconscious, convulsing and vomiting.
Where do teens find bath salts? Teen Expert Chelsea Krost tells Anderson that it's a lot easier than one would think...