New legal drug worries Idaho law enforcement

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New legal drug worries Idaho law enforcement

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by Ty Brennan

KTVB.COM

Posted on February 1, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 3 at 12:01 AM

BOISE -- A new drug is now on the radar of Idaho law enforcement.
           
The drug is sold under many names, like Tranquility, White China and Euphoria, and is being marketed as "bath salts,” but law enforcement says this isn't what you'd throw into a tub to relax -- rather a dangerous way to get high.
           
Law enforcement says now that Spice, the synthetic marijuana, has been banned -- this is the newest legal way people are choosing to get high.  The Boise Police Department says there were two reports this last weekend of people with adverse reactions to "bath salts."

“I have heard of ‘spice’, but I have never heard of bath salts, no,” said one Boise State University student.

“It seems to be a little outrageous,” said another student.

“Not a whole lot of people know a lot about it. It's a synthetic drug, it's a designer drug and it's just dangerous,” said Boise Police Department officer Jermaine Galloway.

Idaho Law enforcement says this drug is starting to grow in popularity.

It is marketed and sold under the guise of being bath salts at smoke shops and specialty stores around the state.  Galloway says these are not bath salts -- but rather a dangerous new drug.

“These 'bath salts' mimic the highs like methamphetamine and like cocaine -- it's very person specific, there are some pretty scary reports about what people are doing to themselves after or while being high on these,” said Galloway.

"Bath salts" are sold on the internet, and as we found out, are also easily purchased over the counter in Boise.  With a voice recorder in pocket, our videographer found out how easy it is to purchase this new drug.

“There's some right there. $35 dollars for 500 milligrams,” said the store clerk.

The clerk at the specialty store on Vista remained tight-lipped on exactly how the product is used to get high.

“What can you tell me about them,” questioned the KTVB videographer.

“Honestly, I can't tell you a whole bunch about them. You put them in your bath when you take it, and it gives you a soothing aroma bath, I guess,” said the clerk.

“Some people are using these for consumption, right,” asked the KTVB videographer.

“Well, you know after we sell them what people use them for, you know we can't control  -- it's like when you buy paint --  it's for painting a house, some people huff it or sniff it,” said the clerk.

Experts say people are snorting, smoking, injecting and even eating the powder to get high.

“It's a synthetic cocaine is what it boils down to,” said Idaho State Police Captain Clark Rollins.

That is why members of the Idaho State Police, the Office of Drug Policy and other Idaho agencies are rallying together to ban "bath salts."

“It's no different than a highly addictive narcotic; we don't even know what addictive properties are in it yet.  We have some issues with it, obviously it needs to be looked at and probably controlled,” said Capt. Rollins.

On Thursday, February 3, a bill is expected to be introduced to make the chemicals and compounds in "bath salts" illegal.

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