'Bath salts' being likened to PCP craze from decades ago

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

CHANDLER, AZ -- A hodge podge mix of chemicals dubbed "bath salts" that some people use to get high is being likened to the PCP craze decades ago.

Bath salts, as the chemicals are nicknamed, have been around for a couple of years now, but the ingredients are changing as the laws change.

In February, state law banned a certain combination of ingredients. Since then, manufacturers have been changing what they put in bath salts to get around it.

Now, when users ingest bath salts they really don't know what they're putting in their system. The effects can mimic PCP.

"It's what we call in the police world, 'super human strength,' where it takes several officers to subdue the subject," said Chandler Police Officer Seth Tyler.

According to a report taken by a Chandler officer recently, a boy tried to hack off his arm with a cleaver.

Possessing bath salts that have been banned is a felony. However, many manufacturers don't list the ingredients on the packaging, and it's not regulated by the FDA.