Troubling video shows effects of designer drugs

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 11/27/2012 9:15 am Published: 11/26/2012 5:39 pm

It was a situation a group of people at an east Tulsa Whataburger never could have imagined.

A man clearly under the influence of drugs had a very public meltdown inside the restaurant.

One of the customers captured the scene with his cell phone camera and posted it on Youtube. He seemed to think the man was on bath salts, a designer drug sometimes sold in convenience stores.

The video offers a rare look at what these unregulated, frequently changing drugs can actually do to a person.

The video is just under seven minutes long. As customers watch, the man, wearing only shorts, walks around the restaurant screaming, at one point even climbing behind the counter.

Tulsa police confirm the man was under the influence of drugs, but it's unclear whether it was, in fact, bath salts or other common drugs like PCP or a large dose of meth.

But experts with the Oklahoma Poison Control Center say the effects are very similar, including irrational and erratic behavior, excessive stimulation to the point that the person can't stop moving and severe aggression often accompanied by abnormal strength. That effect is obvious in the video when the man shoves a table and chairs seemingly effortlessly.

These drugs can also cause uncontrollable hallucinations and paranoia, symptoms the man in the video also showed as he rants about people following him and asks others in the restaurant if they are cops.

Experts say bath salts and other drugs cause these reactions by affecting chemical levels in the brain. But the drugs can also cause heart problems and occasionally uncontrollable seizures.

But since the drugs are relatively new and their formulas constantly change to stay a step ahead of law enforcement, experts still don't know what the lasting effects could be.

In this case, though, the man's erratic and unpredictable behavior clearly terrified others in the restaurant, especially after he comes back from behind the counter with a spatula from the kitchen.

Fortunately, the man never became violent with other people, although he did punch through a window in the restaurant. Other than that he caused no major damage.

When police and medics arrived on scene EMSA transported the man to a local hospital. Tulsa police say he was not arrested because the restaurant decided not to press charges.

Sadly, experts say drugs like bath salts are extremely addictive, and people who have outbursts like the one in the video will often have subsequent violent episodes with future use of the drugs.

It's important to know that the dangerous type of so-called bath salts have absolutely nothing to do with actual bath salts you can add to your bath for relaxation.

The drug-makers call their concoction of stimulants bath salts in an attempt to avoid suspicion or regulation. The same drugs have also be disguised and sold as insect repellent, plant food, and even cell phone screen cleaner.

Click here to see the entire video of the incident. WARNING: the video is unedited and contains graphic, adult language.

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Bobby T - 7/20/2013 7:20 PM
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I've seen so many of these situations on video and even more in real life. I smoked spice for a long time and had many friends try it and have bad trips. It's really sad that you are still able to buy this drug in corner stores. has a lot of info on synthetic marijuana (Spice). Check it out if you are even THINKING of smoking this poison!
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