LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Gas stations in Kentuckiana are selling dangerous drugs, and people are ending up in emergency rooms because of it, according to some sources.
The drugs are sold in gas stations, disguised as other household items like insect repellant or bath salts.
"When these first showed up, people would come in agitated, combative, and the report would be, 'he's doing insect repellant.' Insect repellant doesn't do that," said Henry Spiller, director of the Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center.
Spiller knew something was wrong as two new drugs hit the streets of Louisville. "We've seen new onset agitation delirium, hallucinations, and these are not pleasant hallucinations, these people are out of their heads," said Spiller.
To users, the drugs are as good as cocaine or meth -- but these drugs are legal. They are disguised and sold as bath salts, insect repellant, even plant food at local gas stations. Fox 41 checked several convenience stores in New Albany. The Circle K stores in New Albany do not sell any of the drugs. However, we were able to buy the drugs at a BP in New Albany.
But the real names are mephadrone and MDPV -- short for methylenedioxypyrovalerone.
"The people using this have already been using cocaine and meth before. This will not show up in a drug screen,"said Spiller.
The drugs are so new, no clinical studies have been done, so the KY Poison Control Center is learning as more users turn up in emergency rooms.
You can buy the drugs at some convenience stations, like the BP in New Albany, by asking for the street names white lightning, zoom, and red dove.
With a microphone on and camera rolling, Fox 41's Rachel Collier bought white lightning at the BP store. Rachel: "How much is it here?"
Clerk: "Uh, it's $11.99 for one."
Clerk: "You want a quarter gram, right?"
Rachel: "What all do you sell it as?"
Clerk: "In grams. 1 gram is $39.99."
Rachel: "1 gram is $39.99, what is this?"
Clerk: "It's $11.99, it's a quarter gram."
Rachel: "Okay, I'll do that."
The clerk said that people come in about once a week and buy it. The package Collier bought was labeled as a natural stain remover, even warning that it is not for human consumption. That is exactly why these drugs are not regulated by the FDA.
"The FDA regulates food and drugs, and these are being marketed as insect repellents, bath salts, and plant food."
So what will it take to get these drugs off the streets? "If there's going to be regulation it's probably going to be DEA, the Drug Enforcement Agency and they're going to label them as controlled substances," said Spiller.
The drugs are becoming so popular there are even Facebook fan pages. But Spiller warns, these drugs are dangerous.
Spiller says there is a bill in Kentucky legislature to put these drugs on the controlled substance list. Spiller says the drugs may become illegal in Kentucky this coming year.