Thursday, February 10, 2011
Hospital Officials Report Drug OD Cases
Hospital officials in Cookeville report treating at least 16 young people who tried to get high on bath salts or plant food. They say the substances are being injected, ingested, snorted or smoked. Dr. Sullivan Smith, emergency medicine specialist, told the Herald-Citizen that users become paranoid and agitated, and may suffer high blood pressure and a fast heart rate, among other ailments. Two of the 16 patients were treated in an intensive care unit. Smith said he has alerted law enforcement officials and state legislators about the issue. Representative Ryan Williams of Cookeville and State Senator Charlotte Burks of Monterey are now sponsoring a bill to outlaw six ingredients used to make the bath salts.