New drug called 'bath salts' could be deadly

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New drug called 'bath salts' could be deadly

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by Anne Yeager

kgw.com

Posted on February 18, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 18 at 7:13 PM

PORTLAND -- An alarming new drug banned in other states is making its way into Pacific Northwest emergency rooms. It’s called "bath salt" and users are smoking and snorting it.

But doctors say it's far from a cheap thrill. They say it can cause a psychotic reaction.

These "Bath Salts" are for sale in some Portland smokeshops.

"This is not one of those drugs you should try and tell your friends, ‘it's cool,’" said Dr. Zane Horowitz, director of the Oregon Poison Center.

Besides "bath salts", the white powder goes by White Lightning, Ivory Wave, and a host of other names.

But if you ask James Baldwin, of Galveston, Texas, it's deadly. "If you are doing it, stop," said Baldwin.  "If you haven't done it, don't."

James Baldwin's son, Joey, killed himself. He blames "bath salts."

While the main ingredient is an amphetamine, doctors say it can create a psychotic, hallucinogenic reaction, followed by a severe case of depression.

Baldwin even blamed "bath salts" in his suicide letter. "I saw the signs.  Maybe I could've stopped it, I don't know," it read.

The Oregon Pharmacy Board hopes to look at banning "bath salts" at its next meeting.
 

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