A drug that produces a high similar to that produced by methamphetamines has been found in the body of a middle-aged man. It is the first confirmed death related to bath salts since San Diego County started testing for the drug in May.
Users of the drug feel alert, euphoric and more aware of the sense, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The drugs can be addictive and can cause panic attacks, hypertension, high blood pressure, nosebleeds, dizziness and erratic behavior.
Details about the death of the middle-aged man have yet to be released said Dr. Iain McIntyre, chief toxicologist for the medical examiner’s office, but he told the NCT the positive find was the office’s first since they began testing in May.
“We had heard about it (‘bath salt’ products) through various conferences and scientific meetings, and decided to see if we could test for it here with our current methods,” McIntyre said in an interview. “Turns out we can.”
28 states have banned the product and earlier this year Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-Chula Vista, introduced Assembly Bill 486, which would ban the products in California.
The drug is injected, inhaled or smoked. Authorities have seen a rise in the use of the drugs after the banning of cold medicine, which is used to produce meth.