03/09/12 - 9:22am
Overdoses caused by “bath salts,” the latest form of designer drugs finding their way into the community, have increased since fall 2011 at Central Peninsula Hospital.
“It probably has been a couple per month,” said Dr. Robert Emmick, emergency room physician at CPH.
The drugs contain stimulants that act like methamphetamine and cocaine, but produce the added effect of hallucinations, according to the National Institutes of Health. The main stimulants are Mephedrone and Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV).