Are synthetic cathinones ("bath salts") addictive?

Yes. Research shows bath salts are highly addictive. People who have used “bath salts” reported that the drugs cause an intense urge to use the drug again. Frequent use might cause tolerance (a person needs to take more of the drug to feel the same effects), dependence, and strong withdrawal symptoms when not taking the drug. Withdrawal symptoms might include:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • tremors
  • problems sleeping
  • paranoia