They’re legal and growing in popularity: synthetically altered potpourri and bath salts. Police say people use to get high. Now a new effort has been introduced to stop their sale in Kansas.
"I have never seen anything take a community like this...not even meth," says Lieutenant Jim Norton of the Salina Police Department
Salina police met with state law makers in Topeka on Tuesday. Authorities are pushing for a new law to make selling or possessing the items illegal. They hope to get it passed by July.
Police recognize the bath salts and potpourri outbreak as a statewide problem. However Salina has been at the forefront because they have two separate shops in town that are well known for selling the items.
"For us in the emergency room this has been one of the more problematic issues with drug uses especially in this area."
Dr. Sean Herrington of Salina Regional Medical Center says he is starting to see users of the drugs daily...something that has put a strain on many agencies.
“Right now it’s been my biggest concern. They are overwhelming our community resources."
Police say they won’t stop until a law is in place to keep these substances off the street. Last year the state legislature banned a similar substance called “K-2”. That ban went into effect in March.