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Synthetic drugs have sent thousands to the ER
In the past year, at least nine deaths are suspected to have been caused by use of synthetic products that mimic marijuana, cocaine and other
illegal drugs. As more Americans experiment with these synthetic drugs, hospitals are seeing a sharp spike in users who show up in ERs with
problems ranging from breathing difficulties to rapid heartbeat to extreme paranoia and hallucinations. The Associated Press asked the American
Association of Poison Control Centers to analyze nationwide figures on calls related to these synthetic drugs, and the findings are alarming.
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Additional article from MSNBC
Synthetic marijuana may soon be banned in Corpus
Corpus Christi Police Department says too many people are buying 'potpourri' and
'incense' at convenience stores and using these products to get high. Essentially these
products are synthetic marijuana, and the city council is set to pass an ordinance to outlaw the K-2
products sold in Corpus.
View, read story on Kiii-TV Corpus Christi
Drugs advertised as bath salts are now being scrutinized by Congress
Your corner store may be selling products that are perfectly legal - but are being used to get high. Sold as bath salts,
their effects can be as powerful as cocaine or ecstasy, and use has resulted in death. The salts can be smoked, snorted, injected,
ingested – just like any other drugs. Congress is working to outlaw
what are being called legal narcotics.
View, read story on CNN
The new cocaine – Officials move to ban sales of bath salts
In January 2011, there were 246 emergency calls about overdoses on so-called bath salts – ten more than all of last
year. Marketed under names like 'White China' and 'Euphoria', symptoms are usually the same, including feelings of agitation,
hallucinations, sweating, dry mouth, not a 'good' high.
View, read story on MSNBC
Galveston dad wants 'bath salts' banned after son's death
After his son's suicide, blamed on a synthetic substance called 'bath salts', James Baldwin of Galveston, Texas, is hoping to get this legal
cocaine substitute banned. Baldwin says as a result of using the cocaine-like substance, his 31 year old son became paranoid, began hallucinating and eventually took his own life.
View, read story on KHOU Houston
Lawmakers act to ban marijuana substitutes
The production, sale and use of synthetic marijuana could become a felony if Texas lawmakers move forward with legislation to ban drugs
that mimic the active ingredient in marijuana. According to the Texas Poison Center Network, side effects include chest pains,
respiratory issues, seizures and nausea. About 474 people reported exposure to marijuana homologs – synthetic marijuana – since January 2010.
View, read story on The Daily Texan Online
Texas concern grows over 'bath salts' as a new stimulant similar to cocaine
Known as 'legal cocaine' on the street, the initial effects of smoking bath salts is pleasure —
smoking too much produces psychotic symptoms. The Texas Department of Health is monitoring the growing problem.
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Fox News, Dallas, Texas – North Texas Poison Control Center to provide support for Super Bowl 45 Event in Texas
Poison Control on alert before Super Bowl XLV – Fox News, Dallas, interview with Melody Gardner from the North Texas Poison Center regarding
upcoming superbowl and how poison centers are involved. Poison control officials are stepping up security in a number of ways.
View, read story on FOX DFW
KVUE TV, Austin, Texas –
Cedar Park considering ban on marijuana-like herbal drugs
Cedar Park may be the first Central Texas city to ban herbal blends like K2.
It is a substance that is getting the attention of state health officials and lawmakers:
incense that can give you a marijuana-like high. It can also cause serious health
problems, such as seizures, hallucinations, even a heart attack.
View, read story on KVUE
NBC Today Show –
For some kids, danger lurks under the sink
Each year the chemicals found in common household cleaners, especially those in
spray bottles, send thousands of young children to the emergency room. How safe
is your home? NBC’s Kevin Tibbles reports.
View interview on NBC
CBS Early Show –
Dangers common household cleaners pose to kids
Susan Koeppen discusses child poisonings and household cleaning products; more than 100,000 children
each year get hold of household cleaning products. The segment also includes information on how to secure
these items in your home.
View interview on CBS