There is a new kid on the block according to the Jefferson “county Crime lab. We all know that marijuana is one of the most common drugs that are seized in the US; now a new drug called “pump it” has made its debut in the drug market. This drug was known as “bath salts” and it was legal until just last September. What this drug does is mimics the effects of methamphetamine and you can find it area convenience stores. Rod Carroll, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office stated, “It’s the commercialization of the illegal drug trade. They (drug manufacturers) built an enterprise with their money, knowing they needed a marketing plan to sell this.”
Last year the state legislature made the chemical formula for bath salts and similar products illegal. So what did the drug companies do? They started selling the over the counter packet as either shoe deodorizer or plant food. So if you want some you can ask for that by name because it is out of the view of the ordinary customer or law enforcement. They will be under the counter. The Vidor police arrested four clerks at Orange County area convenience stores where “Pump It” was being sold. Dave Shows, Vidor’s Police Chief said, “The ones buying it (the drug) are former crack heads, meth heads. The people selling it are people who don’t care about this community and don’t care what they do to people’s lives. If we are seeing it here, people are seeing it everywhere. It’s not unique to Vidor. It’s being made in labs and shipped in from out of town. This drug is much more dangerous than other controlled substances. This is bad stuff. It causes paranoia, hallucinations, increased body temperatures. Its way worse than meth and worse than crack. It has the effects of all those drugs rolled into one.”
Bath salts showed up in 2010 and narcotics officers were really not sure what they were seizing. It seems that there is an ongoing research project to find out what these drugs are. This substance can be smoked, eaten or snorted. It is very addictive. It gets into your system and messes with your brain cells. They are not as expensive as meth or cocaine and you can find them almost anywhere. It is not being openly displayed like it was before. After it became known that bath salts were illegal the manufacturers simply changed the packaging. Now it’s shoe deodorizer or plant food. That is what they are asking for now. The addict will go to any means to get his fix. It seems the people who sell to the addict will do the same thing.
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