New drug has poison control taking lots of calls

By Fred Childers – bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA KSLA) – Physicians say a packet of supposed bath salt called Cloud 9 isn't designed to help you relax in a hot bath, it's designed to get you high.

"Their hearts beat fast, and they get scared and so forth and they'll end up in the E.R. thinking they're going to die," said Dr. David Holcombe with the Rapides Parish Health Unit.

They're also calling poison control centers across the country.

As of Wednesday operators have received 162 calls from people who are suffering, and that number is expected to grow.

"We're seeing extreme anxiety, we're seeing hallucinations auditory, or visual, and extreme paranoia," said Dr. Mark Ryan with the Louisiana Poison Control Center in Shreveport.

So far, the Louisiana Poison Control has had more calls than any other state, it has received 92 calls, followed by Kentucky with 19 calls.

"We tend to fall about on treat the patient, not the poison," said Dr. Ryan.

The reason for that: It's not really clear what's in the dope, which was most likely manufactured in a clandestine lab in Europe.

It's widely available on the web,  and in some stores, which is why poison control hopes the Cloud Nine is outlawed soon.

"As far as we're concerned this can come none too quickly, this is much worse than K2, and Spice, and it's just a matter of time before we see deaths," said Dr. Ryan.

It also goes by the names Ivory Wave, Ocean, Charge +, White Lightening, Scarface, Hurricane Charlie, and Red Dove.

According to the poison control center police have reported violent encounters with those high on this drug.

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