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County bans the cocaine-like product “Bath Salts”
Thursday, September 1, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - There's a new product out that sounds like it should be used in a tub, but people are actually using it to get high. Bath Salts, is what it's being called and officials in Chesterfield County on Wednesday, banned the product. Many people have never even heard of it, but the product has caught the attention of the State House. Bath Salts come in a tiny container that looks harmless, until you open it. According to parent Andre Martin, who was surprise to learn that the little jar's powdery bits are what drug experts call synthetic cocaine, says that the product doesn't look like something you would put in your bath. 17-year-old Sean Irick says he learned about the drug at school."I heard it's like coke for your nose, you just sniff it," said Irick. You can smoke it or inject it and it's legal to purchase for only $18. Irick's mom feels that Bath Salts are not good for the kids and if she would have seen the product in the store she wouldn't have thought anything of it. The product is given clever names like "Ivory Wave", "White Lightning" or simply "Bath Salts". Since the maker's name is not on the product, it could be made by anyone, even someone off the street. Cecily Watkins, who's a drug prevention specialist, says that there are so many synthetic forms out there; it only takes one dose to kill your child. Watkins says the high is short and the side effects can last up to 3 days, ranging from hallucinations, paranoia, kidney failure, violent acts and even suicide. The state's poison control center says, this year, they've received 92 calls about the drug and right now state leaders are pushing a legislation to make it illegal to buy Bath Salts in South Carolina. For now, anyone over the age of 18 can buy it in the Midlands, except for in Chesterfield County. Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/15372682/cocaine-like-bath-salts-being-sold-legally-in-stores

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