Awareness rising of "bath salts" drug

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by Philip Townsend

WVEC.com

Posted on June 6, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 6 at 5:21 PM

NORFOLK -- A designer drug being called "bath salts" is posing health dangers across the nation including Hampton Roads.

"Bath salts" are not the ones you use in the tub or shower, but they're cleverly-marketed synthetic drugs found in shops across the country.

The product, which variations of can be legally purchased, gives users a high.  Authorities claim it can cause hallucinations, paranoia and suicidal thoughts.

The drug is suspected of driving a man in Miami, Florida to attack and eat the flesh of a homeless man.

Major oil companies like Exxon, BP, and Citgo have sent gas stations in Virginia letters ordering them not to sell the drug.

Since "bath salts" are made by street chemists, there's no way of knowing what's exactly in a certain product, similar to synthetic marijuana.


 

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