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Either our next questioneer Alex from Melbourne is delightfully innocent, or he has ingested too many household substances in search of a high:
After recently hearing about the Florida zombie and sniffing bath salts turning you into a zombie, I want to know: does the term bath salts mean the actual bath salts like in my grannies’ cupboard or is it a code name for another drug like cocaine?
While I’m sure that snorting granny’s bath additives would have some deleterious effect upon your brain (as well as softening your heels and alleviating arthritis pain), your suspicion is correct that it is another substance – just as meow meow isn’t a wrapful of kitten language, and horse is not a horse. The synthetic stimulant mephedrone sometimes bears the slang name bath salts because it looks a bit like bath salts. You can tell the difference because mephedrone doesn’t smell of lavender.
I know this is all very confusing, Alex, so just try to wrap your brain around the take-home message that DRUGS ARE BAD, KIDS, and you shouldn’t put them in granny’s bathwater.