by Brian DuBreuilPosted: Jun 5, 2012 11:46 AM ETLast Updated: Jun 5, 2012 11:46 AM ET
Bath Salts and Poppy Seed Tea. The names are so innocuous. They conjure up
images of what your grandmother might prescribe if you have a touch of the
But in reality they are dangerous and potentially fatal street drugs.
My colleague Stephen Puddicombe was one of the first Canadian journalists
to raise the flag about the arrival of Bath Salts in Canada. He spoke with
police and health officials in northern Nova Scotia who are now seeing two or
three cases a week at the local hospital. Doctors describe the designer drug as
"cocaine multiplied by a factor of 10." Much like OxyContin (aka Hillbilly
Heroin) the drug is becoming popular in rural areas.
The scary thing about this drug is not just the symptoms users experience
right away - everything from delusions, psychosis and very aggressive behaviour
- but the fact these symptoms can suddenly show up again days later.
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