ST. LOUIS -- Vanilla Sky and Ivory Wave are some of the so-called bath salts sold online.
A little packet of small white crystals costs about $30 for a fraction of an ounce.
"The name bath salts is the name street chemists are giving it to
skirt the law to fly below the radar of law enforcement," said Dr.
Daniel Bober, psychiatrist.
Even though it states not for human consumption on the web site and
packages, people are swallowing and mostly snorting these bath salts
Bober says that the drugs are types of stimulants.
"They can cause psychosis, agitation, paranoia," said Bober. "They basically can turn a person into a wild beast."
When these cases do show up in local emergency rooms, there's no way
to detect bath salts by traditional blood and urine tests.
Sometimes the patients will say what they've used.
"I have treated them in the emergency department and I have seen this
type of behavior the extreme paranoia this almost super human strength
where they can break through handcuffs," said Bober.