The Warren County Drug Task Force has issued a warning about dangerous “bath salts” being sold in Mason.
Police say that the task force has seized some of the substances, which appear to be chlorine tablets crushed in bath salts containers.
Bath salts, a synthetic stimulant with hallucinogenic properties, have been sold legally in gas stations, tobacco shops and other businesses under names like Ivory Snow, White Horse, Zoom, Blue Silk, and Purple Wave.
Governor John Kasich signed legislation in July that would ban the use of the drug, but that law will not go in effect until September.
Until then, police can only monitor sales and warn the public about the dangers, said Warren County Drug Task Force Commander John Burke.
Bath salts are crystallized chemicals that are snorted, swallowed, smoked or mixed with drinks or food. The chemicals can trigger the same effects as cocaine, meth or ecstasy, causing hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rates, violent behavior and suicidal thoughts.
“There are numerous health effects, including death,” said Burke. “It’s serious stuff.”
To report a tip, call the Warren County Drug Tip Hotline at 1-866-307-0070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For other information, call 513-336-0070.