New York Times on bath salts

July 16, 2011, 10:08 pm

Although the New York Times’ story on bath salts is a little late to the dance and doesn’t have much to add to what TPR has been reporting since last August, it is worth reading for some statitistics and anecdotes. The article reports that in the first six months of 2011 Poison Centers in the United States have received 3470 calls concerning bath salts, compared with 303 calls in all of 2010. 

Some anecdotes:

  • Dr. Frank LoVecchio of Manner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix had to administer general anesthesia to gain control of some bath salt users.
  • Dr. Justin Strittmatter of Gulf Coast Medical Center in Panama City FL saw one patient exposed to bath salts who had a temperature of 107.5oF
  • Mark Ryan, director of the Louisiana Poison Center, told the reporter: “If you take the worst attributes of meth, coke, PCP, LSD and ecstasy and put them together, that’s what we’re seeing sometimes.”

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It’s not your mom’s bath salts

To read my Emergency Medicine News column on bath salts, click here.

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