Bath Salts Problem Increasing in WV

Abuse of a synthetic drug sold as bath salts is escalating in West Virginia.

The West Virginia Poison Control Center says more than 80 cases have been reported since January, compared to three in all of 2010.

Poison center director Dr. Elizabeth Scharman told The Charleston Gazette that no deaths have been linked to the product in West Virginia. But she says it's only a matter of time.

Carissa McBurney with the poison center told the newspaper that the synthetic drug causes agitation, aggression and hallucination, similar to cocaine.

The Legislature approved a bill Saturday on the final day of the regular session that makes selling, buying or possessing synthetic drugs such as bath salts a misdemeanor. The legislation is awaiting acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's signature.

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