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New Designer Drug Makes People Violent, Delusional

Flakka is on the rise, especially in Florida

(Newser) - A new designer drug is making people delusional, paranoid, violent, and extremely high—and it's available for just $5 a hit. Called Flakka, it's already been reported in Florida, Ohio, Texas, and is likely circulating in other states, Forbes reports. Florida cases are particularly disturbing, CBS News notes,... More »

How 'Bath Salts' Woes Trace Back to China

NPR follows drug trail from Syracuse to Shanghai

(Newser) - A few years ago, upstate New York found itself with a "bath salts" epidemic on its hands—except it didn't exactly know what it was dealing with. The synthetic stimulant tested negative for drugs like heroin and cocaine, which allowed it to be sold legally, and it was... More »

Feds' Drug Sting Hits Half of US States

Agents today served search and arrest warrants in at least 25 states

(Newser) - Federal agents are serving hundreds of warrants in dozens of cities as part of a continued crackdown on synthetic drug manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers. Agents served search and arrest warrants on homes, warehouses, and smoke shops in at least 25 states this morning, a DEA spokesman said. The largest single... More »

Bath Salts: More Addictive Than Meth

Study finds it is for rats, anyway

(Newser) - "Bath salts" may have become the punchline to many bizarre crimes in recent years, but the drug is no joke: a new study has found it may be more addictive than meth. In experiments with rats, the test subjects worked much harder to get doses of methylenedioxypyrovalerone —or... More »

Antivirus Pioneer John McAfee Wanted for Murder

Belize police suspect him in death of American expatriate Gregory Faull

(Newser) - Police in Belize are on the hunt for John McAfee—the man who lent his name to the famous antivirus company—because they suspect him of murder. According to Gizmodo , which just last week ran a stunning piece about McAfee's weird transformation into a jungle gangster, McAfee is suspected... More »

Feds Bust 90 in Fake Pot, Bath Salt Raids

Almost 5 million packets of synthetic pot seized in nationwide crackdown

(Newser) - Federal agents arrested more than 90 people across 30 states today, in a nationwide crackdown on designer drugs. The DEA seized nearly 5 million packets of artificial pot and almost 167,000 packages of "bath salts," CNN reports. They also confiscated $36 million. "This enforcement action has... More »

Tests Find No Bath Salts in Face Eater's System

Medical examiner detects only marijuana

(Newser) - Lab tests detected only marijuana in the system of a Florida man fatally shot while chewing another man's face, finding no trace of the components typically found in the stimulants known as bath salts. The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner said in a news release that the tests detected pot,... More »

Louisiana Cops Bust Another Face-Chomper

Victim survives bites; but bath salts are again suspected

(Newser) - More evidence for those fearing a zombie epidemic: Yet another man has been arrested over face-eating, and once again, bath salts are reportedly involved. This time, a Louisiana man "bit a chunk" off his ex-wife's husband's face, police say. Carl Jacquneaux bit Todd Credeur multiple times, "... More »

Miami Face-Eater Identified

Rudy Eugene only had minor arrest record

(Newser) - The Miami man shot dead as he chewed off another man's face has been identified as 31-year-old Rudy Eugene. He had a criminal record but nothing on the scale of Sunday's crazed attack, the Miami Herald finds. He was arrested on a battery charge when he was 16,... More »

With Eye on Spring Break, Florida Bans Bath Salts

Spring breakers will need to find another cheap, dangerous high

(Newser) - On the heels of reports that bath salts are as bad as meth, Florida's not messing around: The Sunshine State has joined Louisiana in banning the sale of little white packets of crystals that people around the Southeast are smoking or snorting, because, "For lack of a better term,... More »

Senator Seeks Ban on 'Bath Salt' Drugs

Schumer wants feds to outlaw mephedrone, MPDV

(Newser) - New York's Sen. Chuck Schumer is seeking a nationwide ban on a pair of recreational drugs being sold as "bath salts ." The Democrat plans to introduce a bill that would outlaw the drugs mephedrone and MPDV, Reuters reports. The substances, already banned in the European Union and three... More »

Bath Salts: More Perilous Than Meth?

Addicts are struggling to get clean

(Newser) - Ivory Wave, Red Dove, Vanilla Sky—the names sound more tranquil than menacing, but authorities are calling them the latest in drugs as dangerous as crystal meth. They're bath salts, and can be bought legally in stores, but they contain mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, which can cause hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart... More »

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