Bath Salts Becoming New Party Drug 1-17-2011

Amanda Hernandez, CBS 5 News Reporter
PHOENIXCloud Nine and Ivory Soft are very inviting names that claim to be bath salts, but a relaxing soak in the tub is not what buyers always have in mind.

"They know what it is being used for and that is why it's in the particular stores it is being sold. We know it is not really a bath salt," said Dr. Steven Curry of the Banner Good Samaritan Poison Control Center.
CBS 5 News found some of the bath salts for sale inside DJ's Smoke Shop in Mesa. The pricey little package costs about $30 for 250mg, but as long as you're more than 18 years old, you can buy a legal over-the-counter drug-like experience.
Doctors warn that like methamphetamine and ecstasy, there's no guarantee you'll survive the high.
"A person may believe that they are buying these particular drugs in bath salts, but that may not be the case at all. A person has no idea what they are buying," said Curry.
We're told users smoke it, snort it, or basically ingest it anyway they can.
Other states have already banned the salts after mass hospitalization and deaths. In Maricopa County so far this year, two people have been treated in emergency rooms after taking the salts.
"It may not give you a high, it might only hurt you, and the fact that it is legal has nothing to do in regards to safety," said Curry.
Because the salts are not regulated like a drug, manufactures can put anything in them or change the chemicals they use. Something that is easy when the salts are labeled "not for human consumption."
"Eventually these products will be added to the banned list, and they will disappear from legal acquisition and then new products will appear," said Curry.
Doctors said that if your teen shows sings of agitation, difficulty paying attention, sweating and convulsions, bath salts could be the cause and you should immediately seek medical attention for him or her.

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