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PostFri Jun 01, 2012 1:44 pm » by Cwmman

Emergency rooms in the U.S. are to treat a wave of agitated, violent and psychotic patients high on a new potentially lethal designer drug.
'Bath salts' - man-made stimulant drugs that resemble scented bath powders - are behind a surge in medical emergencies and have been banned in 28 states.
Costing as little as $25 for a 50mg packet and available in convenience stores or online, the drugs have also caused a number of deaths among users.
Among other fatalities include a man in Indiana who climbed a roadside flagpole and jumped into traffic, a man in Pennsylvania who broke into a monastery and stabbed a priest and a woman in West Virginia who scratched herself 'to pieces' because she thought there was something under her skin, the New York Times reported.
Twelve deaths have been associated with people taking the drug.

Hospital doctors have warned that the new drugs - which go under names including Aura, Ivory Wave and Vanilla Sky - have dangerous side effects and users have needed several people to hold them down after arriving in emergency rooms.
Even high doses of sedative or being shot with a stun gun does not appear to calm users down and in some cases patients have had to be put under a general anaesthetic.

Karen E. Simone, director of the Northern New England Poison Center, told the New York Times: 'Some of these folks aren't right for a long time.
'If you gave me a list of of drugs that I wouldn't want to touch, this would be at the top.
'If you take the worst attributes of meth, coke, PCP, LSD and ecstasy and put them together,” he said, “that’s what we’re seeing sometimes.”

Mark Ryan, the director of the Louisiana Poison Center, told the newspaper: 'If you take the worst attributes of meth, coke, PCP, LSD and ecstasy and put them together, that's what we're seeing sometimes.'
It is related to khat - an organic stimulant found in the Middle East and East Africa that is illegal in the U.S.
In the UK, bath salts have become the party drug of choice and several versions have been banned after people died after taking the 'legal high'.

Manufacturers of the drug - similar to synthetic marijuana - get around this by putting 'not for human consumption' on labelling.
Bans can have a limited impact because scientists only have to change one molecule for it to be classifed as a 'new drug'.
Poison centers in the U.S. have received 3,470 calls about bath salts in the first six months of this year - up from 303 for the whole of 2010.
Symptoms include paranoia, hallucinations, high blood pressure, agitation and an increased risk of suicide.

Bath salts are legal for use in water, but are not meant to be ingested. Manufacturers often label them as 'plant food' or 'insect repellent'

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