A new designer drug is causing controversy throughout the nation and here in eastern Carolina while sending some to the hospital.
Marketed in some tobbaco and convenience stores as "bath salts"-the products are actually being ingested by either snorting, eating, or smoking. Bath salts is just slang for the product, it's not the stuff you would put in the tub. The product goes by different names including white china, euphoria, and what we found in Greenville Kush Blitz. Medical experts say the reactive effects which include rapid heart beat, chest pains, and disorientation are dangerous.
"These drugs can cause spasm of blood vessels and they are highly addicting and people can die from them," said ECU physician & toxicologist Dr. William Meggs.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers has seen a dramatic rise in usage with 236 bath salt related calls in all of 2010 compared to the alarming 251 already in 2011.