Bath salt use escalates in Central Texas
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
TEMPLE -- They're sold in convenience stores and head shops all over Central Texas, and while they're sold as "bath salts", they're not being used in the tub.
The salts are snorted, smoked and injected with dangerous consequences.
"People that have been using it come into the hospital with high heart rates, high blood pressure, they're breathing fast, they're usually very, very agitated, paranoid and having extremely unpleasant hallucinations," says Central Texas Poison Control Director, Dr. Doug Borys.
The hallucinations can drive users to the point of hurting themselves and others.
Poison Control has had a rash of calls of doctors wondering what to do with patients with these symptoms. They've already received double the number of calls they received last year.
Last year, they received 15 calls. In Jan. and Feb. alone, they already had 30.
"They're supposedly legal but nobody's overseeing their production," said Poison Control Registered Nurse, Richard Thompson.
Inside the tiny, $50 package is MDVP. A drug likened to meth or cocaine.
Poison Control says not knowing exactly what you're taking or how much can be deadly.
Now, lawmakers in Texas are deciding whether or not to ban the substance that causes serious health problems.