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Louisiana seeing most cases of "bath salt" abuse

4 years ago Tuesday, December 21, 2010 2:35:15 PM CST December 21, 2010 Tuesday, December 21 2010 Dec 21, 2010 in News
Source: La. Department of Health and Hospitals

BATON ROUGE – 84 people have been hospitalized since September after using a new drug being marketed as bath salts, according to state health officials.

According to the Department of Health and Hospitals, Louisiana has seen more hospitalizations over the new drug than any other state.  The state Poison Center says they receive four to five calls each day from people that either snort, smoke or inject the substance.

DHH officials say the powdered substance is being labeled as “bath salts” and with warnings like “not for human consumption” and is being sold at convenience stores, gas stations or on the street.

"The chemicals are known to have stimulant effects, but users are experiencing extreme paranoia and hostility," said Mark Ryan, Director of the Louisiana Poison Center. "Police have reported violent encounters with those high on the substance."

Other symptoms from using the substance includes hallucinations, heart problems, chest pain, agitation, headaches and suicidal thoughts.

People with concerns about someone who is misusing these chemicals should contact the Louisiana Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.

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