Dangerous 'bath salt' drugs appearing in Louisiana

Dangerous 'bath salt' drugs appearing in Louisiana

Dangerous 'bath salt' drugs appearing in Louisiana

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by Associated Press

wwltv.com

Posted on December 22, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 22 at 1:26 PM

NEW ORLEANS -- The head of the Louisiana Poison Center says dangerous new drugs being sold as fake bath salts, fake fertilizer or fake insect repellent appear centered in Louisiana.

Mark Ryan says at least 84 people around Louisiana have been hospitalized because of paranoia, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts and other effects of the drugs.

That's out of 91 calls about the drugs, compared to 69 calls to poison centers in the rest of the U.S.

The drugs are called mephedrone and MDPV -- short for methylenedioxypyrovalerone.

Both drugs keep the brain circulating chemicals called dopamine and norepinephrine -- the same chemicals affected by Ritalin and many other prescription drugs.

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