Police in Austin, Texas, has reported over five cases of bath salts use during the last two days in which the users have reportedly said they heard and saw “demons, monster and aliens.”
Tyler Daugharty, 22, an alleged bath salts user who claims to have been sober for four months – after snorting the synthetic drug for a week, which reportedly left him “hooked” – described some of the disturbing effects of the drug. “I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t drink," he said. "I was only on it for three days, and by the third day I didn’t know what day it was, what time it was or anything. I was just miserable."
Marsha Stone, CEO of a drug rehabilitation center in Texas, claims that over the last six months they have experienced an increase of 50% in calls regarding the abuse of bath salts, “a relatively new phenomenon in the rehabilitation industry.”
In the meantime, law enforcement agencies nationwide are facing an uphill battle in controlling the drug with emergency bans and raids destined to break down manufactures’ operations. The task could be even more difficult as bath salts reportedly don’t show on drug tests. That’s why the Drug Enforcement Agency says they are working with local and state agencies to crack down on the “bath salts” problem at the distribution level instead of individual stores.
The biggest challenge, however, is that the product names and packaging are constantly changing and the ingredients are adjusted slightly too. Furthermore, both users and manufacturers seem to be one step ahead of authorities as they have been able to move on to similar synthetic products -- such as glass cleaner -- which reportedly have the same horrid effects as bath salts and still remain legal and easy to buy.