OK law helps prevent bath salt highs


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Updated: 5/30/2012 11:27 pm Published: 5/30/2012 11:19 pm


The dangers of synthetic drugs sold on convenience store shelves are putting users and victims at risk.

“It will usually say not to be smoked. Or not under 18 and not for human consumption,” said an undercover Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations agent.
The man believed to have chewed of the face of a homeless man in Miami, Florida last week was believed to be high on bath salts.

Police shot Roy Eugene who refused to stop attacking 65-year-old Ronald Poppo’s face.

Authorities said 75% of Poppo’s face is missing and he is in critical condition.

Lat year, Oklahoma outlawed the main ingredients in bath salts.

Bath salts are sold as a white powder and can be advertised as a plant food or jewelry cleaner.

Police said bath salts are sold in convenience stores in Carmex-type containers with white powder and can be called Ivory Wave or Pimp It.

Other cases involving bath salt include a Kentucky mother who dropped her toddler on the head while crossing a highway and just left him there. There are other cases where people were seen biting faces, running out in front of cars, getting naked, or people acting like they have superhuman strength and are uncontrollable.

The bath salts produce hallucinations and people will have violent behavior.

"They actually lose control of their mind, seeing things, hearing things,” said the OBN agent.

He said it’s known as diamond powder or powder puff.

On Wednesday, Mayes County deputies were called about a store on Highway 412 for selling bath salts.

When OBN and the deputy went undercover the clerk said they didn’t sell it.

FOX23’s Abbie Alford tried to buy some but the clerk said he didn’t have it anymore.

Last November Oklahoma banned the six main chemicals found in bath salts and other chemicals found in synthetic marijuana.

The 300 chemicals found in synthetic drugs are now considered Scheduled I illegal substances, and possession or sales of these products can result in felony charges and a prison term of 1 to 10 years.

Many of the chemicals were passed under Senate Bill 919.
Agents said manufacturers keep finding a way around the law.

"They come up with a new chemical that just changes the formula just enough that it is not the chemical that becomes scheduled,” said the agent.

Police and state drug agents are still having problems with stores selling ilegal synthetic marijuana sold as potpourri.

An OBN spokesperson said it is illegal to sell it to get high and how they have it displayed can be illegal. Hidden behind a counter or the price is jacked up such as a small package of “potpourri” for $30 or a small container of bath salts can be sold for $40, that too can be considered illegal.

To report the illegal sale of synthetic drugs you can contact the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics at 1-800-522-8031 or by clicking on the attached link.

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Unwashed Mass - 5/31/2012 7:20 PM
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There's been no toxicology report, so its just a guess.
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