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Law enforcement says glass cleaner product is new bath salts

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  1. YIPMAN
    DARLINGTON- Law enforcement officers across South Carolina say they're seeing a resurgence in synthetic drugs once known as "bath salts," now appearing in stores under new names and with slightly different ingredients.

    View attachment 24406 Officers in the Upstate recently became aware of products being labeled as "glass cleaner" and sold in convenience stores and other locations in portions of Spartanburg County.

    Law enforcement agencies said the substances are actually slight variations of the chemical ingredients found in "bath salts" and said they pose the same serious dangers to potential users.

    In the fall, the DEA placed an emergency ban on the products, which have nothing in common with products long-used in bathing, as a sort of imitation cocaine or LSD.

    At about the same time, SC DHEC officials also made "bath salts" and "K2", or synthetic marijuana, illegal.

    The chemicals in "bath salts" were not been approved by the FDA for human consumption and have been linked to violent, sometimes deadly outbursts by users.

    In the Pee Dee, law enforcement officers and first and emergency responders struggled to respond to the problems created by usage of "bath salts," and many cities and counties adopted emergency ordinances to try to ban the substances before federal and state authorities eventually intervened.

    Now officers say the resurgence of a slightly altered product has them extremely concerned about another potential wave of users and overdoses.

    "There have been, especially in the Upstate, some new influxes of materials that they're calling other things, window cleaner, cat litter and plant food," said Cheraw Police Chief Jay Brooks, who became a self-taught expert on synthetic stimulants after seeing firsthand the impacts on one user in Chesterfield County.

    "It's a continuous process to try to eliminate it and control it," he said.

    Though Brooks said he has not yet seen the products labeled as "glass cleaner" in Chesterfield County stores, that does not mean that they are not on their way.

    He says that he, and other law enforcement officers who have taken a special interest in combatting the problem, keep in constant contact and alert officers in various parts of the state when new synthetic materials show up on the market.

    "There have been several arrests in the Upstate of both wholesalers and retailers and we're working with local law enforcement up there to get pictures of the containers and of who is bringing it in," Brooks said.

    "We have a pretty good network of investigators who are keeping us abreast of what's happening so that we can look out for those people and those retailers and wholesalers in this area," he said.

    Other law enforcement agencies in the Pee Dee say that while they have not yet seen the "glass cleaner" product on store shelves, they have seen various other incarnations of the synthetic stimulants and said regardless of the name, they contain many, if not all of the same ingredients as the banned "bath salts" product.

    Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd said his officers continually look for banned synthetic stimulants and said it's pretty easy for the average person to understand that the products' names do not reflect what would commonly be associated with them.

    "The biggest thing to look at is the way it's being packaged and the way it's being sold," Byrd said.

    "You don't buy air freshener or window cleaner by the ounce or by the gram, you know, when you buy Windex, you buy a big bottle of Windex...and it doesn't cost $40 or $50," he said.

    Byrd said that his officers began seeing the product labeled with various names as early as before the DEA's ban even went into place, and said that the manufacturers are simply trying to skirt the law.

    He said that he has also seen the impacts of a bath salts overdose and said that any store that sells the products, under any name, may be contributing to a potentially deadly chain of events.

    "You don't know what type of reaction you're going to have to it (the synthetic drug,) we know that we have had a death here in our county that was directly related to bath salts...so, it's a serious problem." Byrd said.

    Brooks said that he also continues to monitor the sale of synthetic substances in and around his community and said he even sends undercover officers into stores, looking to purchase illegal substances on many occassions.

    He said that while law enforcement agencies are working together with lawmakers to try to find a permanent solution rather than an emergency ban, he believes those wanting to manufacture or purchase the drugs will continue to try to find ways to break the law.

    "We do everything possible, again though, when there's a will there's a way and it's just going to be a constant battle, just like most other drugs have been," Brooks said.

    "We'll do the best that we can to work with the legislature to make sure that we stay ahead of the curve and do everything we can to keep the streets safe," he said.

    State Representative Anne Thayer (R- Anderson County) drafted a bill that would make it very difficult for manufacturers to continue to supply the ingredients found in bath salts under different names.

    The measure would ban 110 drugs, all of which have been tested to verify that they had no medicinal purposes.

    House Bill 3793 was introduced by Thayer in March, has already been referred to a Judiciary Committee and is expected to go before the full House in the coming weeks.

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    Published: January 23, 2012
    By: PATRICIA BURKETT | SCNow


    http://www2.scnow.com/news/2012/jan...fficers-say-glass-cleaner-product-ar-3100728/

Comments

  1. smegg
    i have to say thank god they banned bathsalts in minneapolis er mn cuz i was goin nuts on the stuff. my girlfreind too. its a cross between coke and meth. a meth high with a meth\cokex10 comedown. ugh.
  2. Alfa
    As the article says: there will just be new variations. And with each bath salt ban, the replacements will have bath salt producers looking at less favorable drugs. i.e. more side effects, comedown, etc. Just under new guises. Like 'glass cleaner'
  3. HARDDON
    Indeed. Wife had to go on respiradone for full blown psychosis.


    And who knows what happens when you mix alcohol with the chems....we know booze and coke produce a third deadly chemical when mixed...lord only knows what happens with this stuff.
  4. HARDDON
    Be careful with the new stuff. If you are lergic to sulfa based meds, this stuff will do serious damage to your system.
  5. cjarizona
    Does anyone know what chemicals are in the new "glass cleaner" and "plant food". I know the predominant chemical in one of the most popular and powerful brands of "bath salts" was MDPV. I have heard some say it is "MPPP" but I don't know what that is or if it is even a real chemical.
  6. YIPMAN
    To be honest, I haven`t seen valid information regarding content of later products. Nonetheless we must consider, that when such products are tested and results published, that the active ingredient of a product, sold under a specific name, may change throughout time due to bans of a/or several substances or other, to me, unknown reasons.

    If you have doubts regarding a specific product, I suggest you post a request for identification within the Unidentified Products subforum.
    Maybe someone can help you by providing helpful information.
  7. dnb_coqui
    I thought it was kinda weird that it didn't clean my auto's windows well. Was i supposed to rail it and then clean my windows?
  8. Potter
    How long till some dip shit kid actually drinks glass cleaner?
  9. Alfa
    I'm surprised that we have not seen kids snorting real bath salts.
  10. Potter
    You do recall the kid who had smoked some organic plant fertilizer and posted it here, he was lucky he choose one that was mostly kelp extract and bone meal...

    There's actaully a really big freak out in the real bath salt making community right now. Between people buying salts that didn't seem like enough to make their bath smell sweet, too weird e-mails and hushed questions coming from "pothead420@aol.com", too upset customers who hear the radio and freak out thinking they just ordered pile of drugs and the cops will be there any minuite, not to mention all the negative press coverage.

    There MUST be a post here with some one trying their mother's bath salts.
  11. dnb_coqui
    LMFAO. I actually witness someone trade an oz of dank nuggets for what he believed was the bath salts the media was promoting. It was really a long tube of scented bath salts, the real thing. He actually came back asking for more from that same person claiming the stuff was awesome. It actually made me curious for a second. Do real bath salts actually cause some kind of stimulant effect? I could never forget the incident, and I have always wondered, I wonder if the idiot actually continued to buy the long tube of scented bath salts thinking he was getting high off the stuff elsewhere. Imagine that he get's busted with it and the feds decide to ban scented bath salts 'cause some idiot claimed he was getting high off the sh*t. That would be a double LMFAO for me.
    Note: I do not condone people doing this because it is bad karma. The person that did it was even confused because he didn't think dude was going to come back and ask for more, rather just ask for his budz back. We did eventually try to explain to him that bath salts are not really bath salts, but I don't think he believed us.
  12. Potter
    bath salts are salts and perfume. Nothing more. You can make them by mixing rock salt and epsom salts with herbs for a few weeks. THere aren't any legitimate reasons as to why that idiot came back.

    Considering they are selling caffinated soap and shampoo, I'm wondering how long it will be before THAT crossover ends up coming outt and how long till we hear about it?
  13. HARDDON
    Actually a friend I know who is about 34 years of age told me his whole story on smoking things not intended for human consumption....but labeled as carpet cleaners, glass cleaners and plant food.

    One is made by the original makers of eight ballz glass cleaner...its now called black ice. He said it was a very numbing event...almost a downer event as opposed to smoking the other brands now on the market.

    As for smoking, he said that a product known as sky ball plant food produced the desired effects he was researching that most closely resembled the effects of the original stuff.
  14. dnb_coqui
    As for drinking it. Would that not be the same thing as ingesting it. I am not a fan of snorting things as most compounds are really made to be ingested not snorted. I personally would rather drink, or eat something. Example, in my unfortunate days messing with Heroin, I always ate it. Personally it worked great, and I never threw up or felt withdrawals. Same with cocaine, which I always feared snorting because of watching the physical effects that it left behind to other that did, like soft noses from their nose being damaged or blood coming out of their noses at random times. One time this dude blew a bloody looking bugger out and looked at me and said, that's what snorting lot's of good coke does. That was enough for me to say I'm never snorting anything.
  15. Potter
    HARDDON What is this about sulph drug allergies? Would you mind posting some medical references?
  16. Alfa
    OK. I want more information about this. Please start a thread on this and add quotes and other information. This will be very interesting.
  17. mctoothless
    I can't speak for 8 ballz "glass cleaner" but the new exuberance powders they have out are rumored to contain an RC called a-PVP, which is supposed to be similar to MDPV but less potent and toxic, I believe, and possibly 4-FA.
  18. trdofbeingtrd
  19. DayLights
    Also that I know is I was getting 8 balls from a corner store.. in the philadelphia area.. I told him about the article he freaked out.. return the old shit got a whole new shipment.. really nice looking packaging don't get me wrong.. but it sucks
  20. cjarizona
    Speaking with several smoke shop owners I'm friendly with, the word is that as of the past 2-3 weeks, most of the new "glass cleaners" that used to be good are nothing like the original "bath salts". However, I have heard many a smoke shop owner/employee remark that there is one popular "glass cleaner" that has changed back to it's original packaging and is getting rave reviews as being just as potent as it once was.

    Either the chemists that research/produce the chemicals for this particular product have found a new one that is just as good, or they just said screw it and went back to the original. My guess would be the first choice.

    The bottom line is that these products are very dangerous and IMO, they are even worse than illegal drugs for the simple fact that nobody really knows what long term effects these substances can have on your brain and body.

    Also, because they are "legal", a lot of morons in my state think it's cool to use them and do everyday activities, such as driving. Meanwhile, they are causing a big public safety hazard.

    I'm sorry folks, but these types of legal highs need to go by the wayside real fast. The problem is that as soon as the state or federal government makes one of these chemicals illegal, the chemists just find a new one. Until a blanket analog law is created, it will unfortunately continue to be a "cat & mouse" game. In the meantime, innocent people could get hurt...
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