'Bath Salts'...designer drug
POSTED: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 6:23pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 6:24pm
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They're just a few of the names these 'bath salts' go by. They're what poison experts call a designer substance.
It doesn't look like much, but it doesn't take much to send people to the emergency room all across the nation.
"It does say 'not intended for human consumption.' And that is why they can sell them. Because anything not intended for human consumption does not have to be approved by the FDA," said Melody Gardner with the North Texas Poison Center
Since January of 2010, The Texas Poison Center Network has received 106 calls about the misuse of bath salts - 86 of those have been in the first four months of 2011.
So the problem in Texas is growing.
Most of the time, bath salts are inhaled, much like cocaine.
"In fact, a lot of these patients that come into the hospitals - while with cocaine and amphetamines, we can give them some sedation to kind of help them through their agitated time - with these, we're having a very hard time getting enough sedation on board to bring people down from the effects of this drug," Gardner said.
One report from Washington state says bath salts were found on a man who had just killed his wife and himself after a high speed chase.
That investigation continues...
But...experts say...paranoia and agitation are some of the major side effects.
"It causes people to think that there are things that there aren't. For example, their family members come over and try to calm them down. Sometimes these people think that those family members are somebody coming over to try and kill them," Gardner said.
The North Texas Poison Center says several states have already banned bath salts - including Louisiana and Florida.
Bills have been proposed to ban it here in Texas as well.