Emergency ban on bath salts, used as drug

POSTED: Friday, January 28, 2011 - 4:37pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

WACO -- They might not look like your ordinary bath salts, but that's what it says on the label.

Problem is, people aren't using them as bath salts.. They're using them to get high.

Something shocking to people who first learned about the salts when speaking with Fox 44.

"It really concerns me, and I don't now how, I don't know anything about legal stuff, but i wish something could be done to stop it," said Patrick Riley from Waco.

These bath salts aren't found at your local mall, their sold at convenience stores, head shops and online.

Fox 44 called several stores today to see if they sold it. They said "No," but we went to one store to see if we could buy it in person.

We walked away with a tiny container that claims to be bath salts. It's called White Mamba, and it cost nearly $50: a high price for bath salts.

The container it comes in does warn people not to consume the product and says do not drink alcohol if used in the bath.

Which raised a red flag for Drug Enforecement Administration Special Agent, Steve Robertson.

"This is a new generation of designer drugs. The people that market this, they know what they're doing. They put a label on it that says not to be ingested, wink wink, but the word is out there that this stuff can in fact give you a cheap high," said Special Agent, Steve Robertson.

Robertson says the chemical in it is called MDPV or mephedrone.

It can get you high, but it also causes heart and brain damage. You can also hurt yourself and others when having a psychotic reaction.

Florida and Louisiana have already placed emergency bans on the drugs, and the D.E.A. is investigating to find out more about the drug and what can be done about it.

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