Recent arrest highlights bath salt â??epidemicâ??
Cadillac police officers say they have seen an increase in bath salt cases in the last few months.
26-year-old Edward Gray from Cadillac has been arraigned in district court on several charges, including possession of bath salts.
He is also facing an assault charge after being arrested on Sunday after a bar fight.
If convicted, Gray could face up to eight years in prison and a $50,000 fine due to his prior drug charges.
This is just one case in the increased use of bath salts in Wexford County.
â??People are seeing on the news and they see people that do things that you would never dream of and they all say what's going wrong with the world? Well what's going wrong with the world in a lot of situations are people are taking things that their bodies weren't meant for,â?? said Anthony Badovinac, Wexford County Prosecutor.
Bath salts are known to make people hallucinate, suspicious and paranoid.
â??If you see any of those traits in young people or people that you're around and they're acting really bizarre, chances are they're on some type of bath salts.â??
The drug is not to be confused with actual bath salts. It is a nickname for the drug that contains several illegal chemicals. Those nicknames include Plant food/Fertilizer, Vanilla Sky, Ivory Wave, Cloud 9, m-CAT, Mad Cow and M1.
Instead of two to three bath salt related cases per month, the Wexford County Prosecutor now sees anywhere from eight to twelve cases per month. He expects the problem to get worse before it gets better and says more needs to be done before then.
â??I think we're doing our young people a disservice if we don't go into schools and explain to themâ?¦ what these things are andâ?¦ what you can expect of people that consume them because children see this and say 'wow what's going on with that person?' Well, chances are that person is consuming something that's illegal and that needs to be explained to them.â??
State lawmakers have taken action to stop the selling of the drug in Michigan. Those laws have been tweaked since its introduction to include more forms of bath salts, but users are still finding ways to get the drug.
â??There are some storesâ?¦ that handle them that shouldn't. The internet is a thriving business in this.â??
â??The word I have is a lot of these have been coming in from a source in China and they've been moving up through the state and it doesn't surprise me because we're seeing the incidentsâ?¦ happening in clusters,â?? said Detective Todd Golnick from the Cadillac Police Department.