Bath Salts Growing Drug Problem Nationwide

By: Staff
Staff Writer
Published: Jan 24, 2021

Bath Salts Growing Drug Problem - Powder stimulants. Bath sales are a growing drug problem from the Deep South to California. Emergency calls are being reported for over-exposure to the stimulants the powders often contain mephedrone.

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. Mississippi lawmakers this week began considering a proposal to ban the sale of the powders.

In Louisiana, the bath salts were outlawed by an emergency order after the state's poison center received more than 125 calls in the last three months of 2010 involving exposure to the chemicals.

Sheriff's authorities in one Mississippi county say they believe one woman overdosed on the powders there. In southern Louisiana, the family of a 21-year-old man says he cut his throat and ended his life with a gunshot. Authorities are investigating whether a man charged with capital murder in the December death of a Tippah County, Miss., sheriff's deputy was under the influence of the bath salts.

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