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2 types of bath salts, 2 different results

PHOENIX -- There have been several bizarre cases involving bath salts recently, and that has led to a popular misconception that these are the bath salts that go in the tub.

There's a difference between the two types of bath salts and many parents and children don't know how to tell them apart.

Kim Obert with DrugFreeAZ.org is unaware of any cases where a teen smoked mom and dad's bath salts, but said it would make someone very sick.

"It would be poison," she said, "If you ingest enough soap, that's going to be poison."

When people hear bath salts, bubble baths and relaxing after a long day on the job come to mind. But the synthetic designer drug bath salts is dangerous, and resembles methamphetamine and can cause violent delusions.

"Cases reported people felt like demons were chasing them," said Obert.

Obert said part of the confusion between true bath salts and the synthetic drug is marketing. Tub salts have pretty names, but so do the drugs found at the head shop.

"Big Wave, Ivory Snow, Snow White, Snow Wave," said Obert, listing street names of the drug.

The drug bath salts has been banned in the United States, but the makers are changing the recipe just enough to get around that ban.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite food: Steak and shrimp, and any food on campouts.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Favorite news memory: The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. The 2007 Southern California Firestorm and being at Sky Harbor Airport when the first plane lifted off several days after 9-11. Seeing the American flag on the tail of the Salt Lake City-bound Delta airliner as it took off still gives me goosebumps.

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