CNT urges businesses to stop selling spice, bath salts

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team is issuing an advisory on selling herbal incense to gas stations and convenience stores in Chatham County.

CNT is asking the businesses stop selling substances such as K2, spice, herbal incense packets or any form of synthetic marijuana and substances sold as "bath salts", according to the agency.                                                               

The warning comes after at least six reported cases of persons smoking herbal incense, which is also called spice, and having strokes, hallucinations, chest pains and psychotic episodes as a result.

The abuse of herbal incense is being seen nationwide, according to the CNT.

Herbal incense, or synthetic marijuana, are packets of dried plants that are sprayed with chemicals to make it smell like potpourri. They're also sprayed with a chemical compound similar to THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana, according to the CNT. When smoked, users get a high that is similar to that of smoking marijuana.

Bath salts are also being abused and result in a high similar to that of cocaine.

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