Use of so-called 'fake cocaine' on the rise

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 | 7:54 a.m. CST; updated 9:38 a.m. CST, Wednesday, January 19, 2011

St. LOUIS — First there was fake marijuana. Now, the use of so-called "fake cocaine" is on the rise.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that through mid-January, the Missouri Poison Center at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center had received 12 calls about teenagers and young adults abusing the chemicals. The center received eight calls about fake cocaine last year.

The powders are sold as "Ivory Snow," ''Bliss," ''Vanilla Sky" and other brand names. They are sold in stores as bath salts, but contain stimulants that can cause rapid heart rates, seizures and hallucinations.




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Corey Parks January 19, 2011 | 8:33 p.m.

Survival of the fittest.

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