BATON ROUGE, LA (KSLA) –Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal joined Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) and other law enforcement officials to announce that a series of dangerous chemicals being marketed as "bath salts" or "plant food" have been added to the Controlled Dangerous Substance Act, making it illegal to possess, manufacture or distribute them in Louisiana.
Since the end of September, officials say Louisiana Poison Control has received 165 calls from people in crisis after snorting, smoking or injecting these dangerous substances.
According to the latest figures, 85 percent Louisiana Poison Control Center calls reportedly came from emergency room doctors or first responders caring for individuals suffering the traumatic side effects of ingesting the fake 'bath salts'.
These types of crises are being reported across the country, officials said.
The 165 calls in Louisiana, reportedly represents nearly 57 percent of calls recorded nationwide.
State officials say those who use these fake 'bath salts' are reportedly being treated for extreme paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, agitation, hypertension, chest pain, headache, and many report suicidal thoughts.
Governor Jindal said the state is also sending a letter to the United State Drug Enforcement Agency requesting they investigate the number of cases in Louisiana to see if there is a reason to believe the state is a distribution center for the fake 'bath salts'.
Additionally, the Governor said he would pursue legislation in the upcoming legislative session to further crack down on the distribution and use of fake bath salts.
These fake bath salts, are commonly manufactured in China and India and are being sold in individual bags on the Internet, in convenience stores and on the street, state officials said.
The bath salts are sold under some of the following brand names; Ivory Wave, Ocean, Charge+, White Lightening, Scarface, Hurricane Charlie, Red Dove, Cloud-9 and White Dove.
These substances have already been banned in the United Kingdom and several other countries, including Israel, Australia and Canada.
In the U. S., Kentucky has already filed legislation to ban the substance and North Dakota's Pharmacy Board has added several of the chemicals found in the salts to their state's banned substance list.
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