Suddenly, the children I saw near my house yelling ‘Zombies!’ makes much more sense. From WCAX:
Gov. Peter Shumlin banned the designer drug known as bath salts in Vermont back in December. Monday, President Barack Obama made bath salts illegal on the federal level. But manufacturers have found a loophole in the law. The product is back in Vermont smoke shops and more users than ever are ending up in the emergency room.
Barre thought a statewide ban on bath salts would take care of the problem. But seven months later, something strange is going on at the smoke shop in town.
“At 10 o’clock in the morning there’s half a dozen people waiting to get in the door. So that tells me the problem’s pretty prevalent,” Barre Police Chief Tim Bombardier said.
Bombardier says customers are lining up to get the newest version of what used to be called bath salts. The meth-mimicking designer drug is being blamed for inducing zombie-like behavior in its users, frequently causing hallucinations, paranoia, violent tantrums, cannibalism and kidney failure.
“These are unpredictable drugs,” said Dr. Mark Depman, who runs the emergency department at Central Vermont Medical Center.
Read the full article here. Remember, friends don’t let friends eat one another while on Bath Salts.