MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Indiana poison control officials are seeing a dramatic spike in the number of calls about exposure to bath salts and say use of the synthetic drug is becoming a "big problem."
The Star Press reports the Indiana Poison Center received 360 calls about bath salt exposure in 2011. That's a 9,000 percent increase from the four calls received in 2010.
Center director James Mowry says problems with bath salts have accelerated quickly.
The drugs are laced with stimulants and have been compared to synthetic cocaine. They can cause hallucinations and paranoia, and two deaths were reported in Indiana last year from their use.
The Legislature passed a law earlier this year banning bath salts, but the drug is still readily available online, in head shops and in convenience stores.
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