Police in Tennessee have received numerous calls for people under the influence of bath salts. According to WCYB, police in Bristol responded to a call responded to one call last month for a 22-year-old man, laying on a garage floor wrapped in blankets and acting “strange.” The man, under the influence of bath salts, could not form complete sentences, while having verbal outbursts. Police claim this was a rather “peaceful” bath salt emergency. Often, these calls lead police to someone who is not only hallucinating, but is often very paranoid, especially about the cops. Deputy Brandon Shull said, “People think cops and bad guys are there when they are not. They run around naked thinking they are on fire.”
Shull says they become agitated and violent very easily. He claims it can take six or eight officers and an arsenal of batons and Tasers to get them into custody. In the past two weeks, 2 officers have been attacked by people under the influence of bath salts.
The long-term effects of this drug is unknown. Doctors say that it could be years before we really know anything about the effects of this drug. The drug is too new to the market to have had much testing done. Dr. Freddy Creekmore at Holston Valley Medical Center said, “We really do not know if permanent harm has been done.”
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