Posted: Jan 6, 2011 11:59 AM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Jan 6, 2011 11:59 AM
BATON ROUGE - A chemical marketed as a "bath salt" but being used as a cocaine-like drug has been deemed illegal by Governor Bobby Jindal.
Jindal signed an emergency rule today adding several chemicals that were being marketed as bath salts or plant food to the Controlled Dangerous Substance Act, making it illegal to have, make, sell or distribute them in the state.
Side effects of using the chemicals include hallucinations, paranoia, and even suicidal tendencies, according to Perry Rushing, with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office.
Rushing has seen at least seven people admitted to emergency rooms after using the drug in the past month.
Tonight on News 2 at 6, Stephanie Ryan will have reaction to today's signing from doctors that have treated people using the drugs.