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Illinois State Medical Society encourages doctors to be aware of "bath salts"

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The Illinois State Medical Society is warning everyone, including medical personnel, to know the effects of illegal bath salts.

Bath salts is a synthetic drug that has just recently hit the streets.

(Read the latest message on bath salts from the President of the Illinois State Medical Society)

President Obama signed a bill into law last year making it illegal to sell, produce, and have bath salt drugs.

Officers at the Adams County Sheriff's Office say illegal bath salts are still a concern for them. Area hospitals say their doctors don't know too much about illegal bath salts. And, addiction specialists say it's even a challenge for them to keep up this ever-changing drug.

"It is difficult to keep up with the trends because there is a constant turnover in the kinds of things that are out there that people use in their own drug experience and they change rather rapidly depending on what's available," said Michael Richardson with Addiction Recovery Center .

Richardson says the treatments don't follow those of other illegal drugs because of the constant changing of ingredients and this makes it difficult for doctors.

"Because these are sort of variations or analogs if you will, of different drugs it's hard to understand exactly what your dealing with every time you have someone come in," said Richardson.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers received more than 6,000 calls about bath salts in 2011.

"When this was first coming out, the calls to poison control centers were going through the roof our medical centers were seeing people coming in with convulsions and acting very strangely," said Adams County Sheriff Brent Fisher says his office is keeping a close eye on bath salts.

"There's just a deep concern because this is not monitored by any type of real chemist or regulation, this is just somebody making this stuff and then marketing it so it's extremely dangerous," said Sheriff Fisher.

Even though the drug is illegal in Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois, Sheriff Fischer says people are now turning to the internet to get it.

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