In some parts of the world they conjure wild memories from the 2010s. In Russia, they're more popular than weed.
Toxicology reports are yet to come back but all of the drug's headline-grabbing characteristics do seem to be there—the hallucinations, fearlessness, super strength.
There are stark differences between how police handled the case of 19-year-old Austin Harrouff and a previous Florida cannibal attack that involved a black suspect.
Police have seen "a bit of a resurgence" in Pictou County.
The DEA has moved to outlaw 10 chemicals commonly found in the cheap designer drug, but manufacturers will likely respond by tweaking their recipes.
A NYU study found that a significant amount users of the club drug don't realize they're taking bath salts.
Despite the efforts of law enforcement, the infamous synthetic compound has spread from Florida.
Police and public health authorities warn a new, highly addictive drug called Flakka can cause users to flip out for 30 days, while health researchers caution that those freaking out may be the police and health care authorities.
A federal criminal complaint accuses a 22-year-old and her ex boyfriend of bringing several kilos of flakka into south Florida from Hong Kong between March and April.
Reports of drug users with "superhuman strength" seem overblown, but the new synthetic drug is a serious problem in Florida's Broward County, say cops and addiction specialists.