bath salts

plural noun

Definition of bath salts 

1 : a usually colored crystalline compound for perfuming and softening bathwater

2 : any of various synthetic illicit drugs with stimulant and sometimes hallucinogenic properties that are used (as by being injected or snorted) typically in the form of a white or brown crystalline powder

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The possible targets also include a long list of cosmetics, perfumes, bath salts and soaps. Jacob M. Schlesinger, WSJ, "This Time Around, Chinese Consumer Products Would Face Tariffs," 11 July 2018 On a table across from his sofa, Taneyhill has placed a large glass vessel that holds bath salts that just happen to look like rocks of methamphetamine. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "This man cost Sacramento County more in one year than any other homeless person," 8 July 2018 But where were the fake weed and bath salts coming from? Fortune, "Deadly Chinese Fentanyl Is Creating a New Era of Drug Kingpins," 6 June 2018 Consuming an unknown substance has become even more likely in recent years, says Katie Stone, research analyst at Harm Reduction International, with the rise of newer synthetic substances, such as Spice and bath salts. Sarah Beller, Teen Vogue, "What You Should Know About Drug Cocktailing," 17 May 2018 From soothing stationary to bath salts to tea mixes, it's designed for no-stress nights in. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "11 Game-Changing Monthly Subscription Boxes You Need in Your Life," 7 Nov. 2017 Marvel Studios Avengers: Infinity War feels like a Marvel movie on bath salts. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Avengers: Infinity War isn’t the best Marvel movie. But it’s Marvel’s most daring.," 24 Apr. 2018 Complimentary bath salts are available upon request. Terri Akman,, "Everyone is doing it: Indulgent baths now the antidote to a packed schedule," 5 Apr. 2018 Florida is the state where people took bath salts and ate each other’s face off. Monique Judge, The Root, "Florida, Man," 8 Mar. 2018

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1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bath salts

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Medical Definition of bath salts 

1 : a usually colored crystalline compound for perfuming and softening bathwater

2 : any of various synthetic, illicit, stimulant drugs that contain derivatives of cathinone (such as MDPV) and are typically sold as white or brown crystalline powders Los Angeles County health officials warned Tuesday against the use of bath salts—the designer drug involved in a series of bizarre incidents and arrests—just one week after a new study charted a skyrocketing number of calls to U.S. poison control centers about the drug.— Wesley Lowery, The Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2012 sometimes singular Although the man was later proven to not be under the influence of bath salt, the incident nonetheless brought the drug national attention. — Lauren McGaughy, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana), 11 Nov. 2012

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