Over the past few months, we have seen numerous news reports and articles surrounding new trends in harmful drugs including bath salts and 'fake weed.' As these new drug trends become more publicized, so do the arrests and harmful damage that these substances cause.
Hospital officials at UAB recently treated a 25-year-old Alabama resident for the use of illegal bath salts. These bath salts cause health problems such as an increased heart rate, high blood pressure, psychosis, extreme paranoia, and violent urges. In addition to bath salts, 'fake weed' has been a prevalent problem in our area as well. Last week, four arrests were made in Shelby County due to the possession of the substance. Four search warrants were issued at gas stations in Montevallo and Alabaster, all leading to arrests due to unlawful possession of chemical compounds and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
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