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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Narcotics agents hope to keep new ‘legal’ drug out of Oxford

Few would disagree there’s no better way to end a stressful day than by soaking in a hot bath, filled with bubbles and scented bath salts.

Unfortunately, it appears those same bath salts have become a recreational tool of another kind for some people.

Narcotic agents are becoming concerned over reports that a product, marketed as “concentrated bath salts,” is being used to get high. The main ingredient, methylenedioxypyrovalerone, is a psychoactive drug that acts like a stimulant that has four times the potency of drugs like Ritalin.

“We haven’t seen any on Oxford’s streets yet,” said Lafayette County Narcotics Agent-in-Charge Keith Davis.

The bath salts are not the usual kind you can purchase from Walmart or drug stores like Walgreen’s, Davis said.

“They are usually found at shady convenience stores and head shops and on the Internet,” he said. (November 5, 2010, Page 9A)

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