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DEA places emergency ban on bath salts

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

You may have heard of bath salts used in bath tubs.

"I just always put it in my warm bath," Shawndra Tucker said as she sat at a table in downtown Greenville.

However, the powdery synthetic substance marketed as bath salts are different. Users snort or shoot it to get high.

"It's like powdery cocaine?" Tucker asked as she looked at the container.

On the street you can find it packaged as "Ivory Wave," "White Lightning" or "White Girls."

"Wow, this is what they're snorting?!"

Users said it's like a synthetic cocaine and right now it's legal and can be found in head shops.

"It amazes me that you can actually buy it legally," Tucker said.

But on Thursday, Chuvalo Truesdell, an agent with the DEA, said that's about to change.

"We're dealing with a substance that has a very high abuse potential," he said.

The DEA is banning bath salts throughout the country, which means it will be illegal to sell or even possess. Not only do users hallucinate, for many it's their final hit.

"It's like playing Russian Roulette because no one has done any long term testing on any of these chemicals," he said.

And Shawndra Tucker will continue to use bath salts, the ones she's familiar with in her bath.

 

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