A new type of synthetic stimulant drug masquerading as “bath salts” is on the verge of getting banned in the state of Texas after a number of highly publicized suicides caught the attention of a state lawmaker.
The substance, taken as a legal stand-in for cocaine or methamphetamine, is usually sold in convenience stores or smoke shops and labeled “not for human consumption.” It is known to cause high blood pressure, paranoia, hallucinations, chest pain and suicidal thoughts, according to a medical analysis.
A bill to make possession of the drug a felony is now on the governor’s desk. Once signed, it will take effect in Sept.
This video is from Houston news station KHOU, broadcast Sunday, May 22, 2011.