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Bath Salts, nick named 'The Synthetic Cocaine' draw an increasing concern from local officials as the drug manufacturers are said to be ahead of the law.
Bath salts are crystallized chemicals that are snorted, swallowed or smoked. According to Muskingum Behavioral Health executive Director, Steve Carrel, the drug provides an immediate rush leading to hallucinations. He said, the bath salts were never intended for baths and are manufactured for the sole purpose of getting high. Manufactures bypass the FDA by labeling the product not for human consumption.
"Therefore, since the drug that gets people high isn't on the DEA list of banned substances, and because it's not for human consumption they get around the law," said Carrel.
The DEA is currently working to ban the substance but Carrel said drug manufacturers only have to tweak a molecule and the product is a new drug that is not on the DEA ban list.
Carrel explains the drug manufacturers method, "And he said, what are you going to do when the DEA bans this one, he said, don't worry about it, I've already got the tweak in the chemical ready and tested and so when this gets banned, we've already got the next one."
According to Carrel, the salts are becoming more common. The Poison Control received 235 phone calls last year regarding the substance, and just in one month of this year received 214 phone calls. Officials say bath salts have caused at least 4 deaths in Ohio.