The US Navy has now joined the war on bath salts, launching their own PSA against the synthetic drug growing in popularity. The drug remains easily accessible in many areas of the country. Many packages of bath salts include the warning, ‘not for human consumption’, as a simple method of skirting the law.
Bath salts, named for its resemblance to legal bathing products like epsom salts, operates quite differently. The drug generally contains substituted cathinones, providing a similar effect as amphetamine and cocaine.
Following a string of high profile national incidents, the US Navy has issued a warning to potential sailors enlisting for service, cautioning them of the dangerous hallucinatory affects associated with bath salts.
The video depicts an active service member snorting a line of bath salts with disastrous consequences, a shocking display that’s successfully turned a lot of heads. The hellish commercial displays an act of physical abuse and ends with the sailor being forcibly restrained to a gurney.
As the drug is relatively new to the market, there’s little in the way of research of the effect is has over the body. Many believe chronic bath salts abuse can actually cause disruptive and permanent changes within the brain of the user.
Now a nationally televised Navy PSA seems to creating greater awareness.