‘Bath salts’, a form of designer drugs, also promoted as ‘plant food’ or ‘research chemicals’, is sold mainly in head shops, on the Internet, and at other retail locations. Designer drugs were developed in recent years to subvert law enforcement and drug testing agencies and are advertised a‘legal’highs.The technical term for ‘bath salts’ is substituted cathinone. Substituted cathinone is synthetic, concentrated version of the stimulant chemical in Khat. Khat is a plant that is cultivated and used in East Africa and the Middle East. It has a stimulant effect on the user and can be quite dangerous. The white crystals resemble legal bathing salts, thus the name of ‘bath salts’. In 2009 and 2010 there was a significant rise in the abuse of synthetic cathinone, initially in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe, and subsequently in the US and Canada.
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Test Results: 5 to 10 minutes