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Man Arrested For Public Intoxication After Hallucinating A Burglary, on Bath Salts

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Friday, 17 August 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Ecstasy, Bath Salts

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Bath salts” do more than just exfoliate the skin. If you have read the news lately, you know that incidents have been popping up everywhere, in which bath salts [a street name for a new recreational drug] have been a variable that has been implicated in a host of injuries, hallucinations and fatalities.

When consumed, bath salts produce a hallucinogenic effect, similar to the type produced by ecstasy, methamphetamine, acid or LSD.

In popular culture, individuals are taking bath salts, because they are cheaper, can be purchased over the counter and often produce the same or similar feeling of much more expensive illicit substances, as mentioned above.

On Friday, August 10, a Tennessee man learned first-hand, the hallucinogenic effect that bath salts produce when consumed.

According to, Ronald Sellers was arrested after taking bath salts, and then making a frantic 911 call to report an imagined burglary.

Sellers called police, at 9 a.m. in the morning, stating that burglars had entered his home and were unlawfully removing items therein.

When responding officers arrived at Sellers home, the found and “intoxicated” sellers, but not sign of burglars.

After speaking with Sellers at length, officers realized that Sellers was under the influence of some type of substance, as he was imagining, even hallucinating, the “burglary” he reported to police.

In fact, Sellers allegedly told officers that the burglars not only walked into the woods in the rear of his home, but that the burglars were standing in front of the officers, despite the fact that no one other than Sellers and the officers were present.

During the course of their interview of Sellers, Sellers informed police officers that he had consumed bath salts.

Although Sellers had not actually taken “bath salts”, he had taken a drug that had a similar look and shape as bath salts.

Subsequently, officers arrested Sellers, transported him to the local jail and booked him on a charge of public intoxication.

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DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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