Five county teens ages 15 to 17 were treated in Jacksonville hospitals Saturday after taking an unknown substance, possibly “bath salts.”The Florida legislature on May 3 banned the substance, a synthetic designer drug called MDVP that officials say can produce hallucinations, severe paranoia, seizures, aggression, increased blood pressure and eventually kidney failure.
It had been sold in malls, head shops and convenience stores.Deputies said the teens got the substance, called 2C-I from another juvenile who ordered the product over the Internet from China.
Deputies learned of the problem when a parent called for help securing his combative son. The teen hit a deputy and at one point threw off three deputies and his father. He was tased “repeatedly” and struck with a baton, “with no effect” according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. He was secured to a stretcher and taken to Baptist South Hospital.Deputies found three other teens with similar symptoms on the property, though they weren’t combative.
The teen that deputies say provided the substance was found at another residence and his mother reported he was “out of control.” He was also taken to the hospital.Deputies said they found a plastic bag containing a white flaky substance that tested negative for meth and LSD. Charges are pending further investigation, according to the release.
May 16, 2011
NOTE: the original story title was bath salts not 2c-i, and I am unclear why they keep mentioning bath salts if the substance was 2c-i.