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Substance Abuse February 2011

February 28th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Substance Abuse Updates

The DEA has contacted news outlets in the last few weeks to alert agencies and schools of a growing problem of bath salts that are emerging as a growing risk for adolescents and young adults. Some officials fear that their effects could be as powerful as methamphetamines. These chemicals can cause hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rate and suicidal thoughts. A small packet of the chemicals typically costs as little as $20. The Poison Control Center has received 236 phone calls just in the month of January. The chemicals are in products sold legally in stores or the internet as bath salts and plant foods.

HB 1548 by Rep. Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi) was filed on February 21, 2011. This bill will add certain synthetic substances to Penalty Group 2 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act. If you haven’t seen the new video, Caught In Addiction, check out the Texas Baptist web site.  A special “thank you” to everyone who told their story in the video and shared their journey on the podcasts.

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