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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Bath salts, or synthetic cocaine are being blamed for one death in Alabama.
Other synthetic products like K2, Serenity Now, and Spice are all synthetic marijuana were banned in the state, but makers of these products have adapted. The new synthetic drugs are in plain view in convenience stores all over north Alabama.
"With the expense comes the reassurance that you're not going to fail a drug test," said "Joe."
The products Joe talked about are labeled innocently enough as incense or bath salts. Like THC, the stuff in marijuana that gets users high, synthetic cannabinoids, sold as incense, have the same effect by triggering receptors found on many cells in the human body.
The short and long term effects of Marijuana are pretty well known. The effects of these synthetic drugs are not as clear.
"None of these products are tested by the FDA. They're not designed for human consumption. You don't have any idea of what you might be getting," said Liz Barrontine, Director of The Partnership for a Drug Free DeKalb County.
Barrontine was a big supporter of getting the synthetic marijuana products outlawed last year.
"We're very fortunate in Alabama that our legislators made that illegal, but it hasn't completely stopped the problem," said Barrontine.
That's because with designer drugs, when one formula is outlawed, she says designers make new ones that create a similar high.