Sunday, January 23, 2011

Officials say 'Bath salts' are a growing drug problem: Stay Away


Sold under such names as Ivory Wave, Bliss, White Lightning and Hurricane Charlie, the chemicals can cause hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rates and suicidal thoughts, authorities say. The chemicals are in products sold legally at convenience stores and on the Internet as bath salts and even plant foods. However, they aren't necessarily being used for the purposes on the label. Law enforcement agents and poison control centers say the advertised bath salts with complex chemical names are an emerging menace in several U.S. states where authorities talk of banning their sale. When Neil Brown got high on dangerous chemicals sold as bath salts, he took his skinning knife and slit his face and stomach repeatedly. Brown survived, but authorities say others haven't been so lucky after snorting, injecting or smoking powders with such innocuous-sounding names as Ivory Wave, Red Dove and Vanilla Sky. In Brown's case, he said he had tried every drug from heroin to crack and was so shaken by terrifying hallucinations induced by Hurricane Charlie that he wrote one Mississippi paper urging people to stay away from the advertised bath salts. "I couldn't tell you why I did it," Brown said, pointing to his scars. "The psychological effects are still there." - SHELIA BYRD Associated Press

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