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1 US GA: Bath Salt Cases IncreaseSat, 26 Mar 2011
Source:Augusta Chronicle, The (GA) Author:Cain, Bianca Area:Georgia Lines:85 Added:03/28/2011

Bath salts are gaining in popularity across the country.

But these aren't the relaxing, fragrant salts you pour in bath water after a long day.

They more resemble cocaine and methamphetamine.

"This is definitely problematic," said Gaylord Lopez, the director of the Georgia Poison Center. "This is one of those dangerous drugs out there that aren't detectable in drug tests."

4-Methylmethcathinone is a designer drug marketed as a bath salt, research chemical or plant fertilizer "not for human consumption."

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2 US GA: Meth Labs Increasing StatewideSat, 12 Mar 2011
Source:Augusta Chronicle, The (GA) Author:Cain, Bianca Area:Georgia Lines:139 Added:03/15/2011

More Portable Production Adds to Drug's Popularity, Police Say

In the past three years, Augusta saw a 79 percent increase in the number of methamphetamine labs found by police.

Georgia saw an 82 percent increase.

"We've been on a surge recently," said Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Allan Rollins. "(The labs are) getting much more portable and easier to carry. It used to be you almost had to have a high school chemistry laboratory to make, but now you can basically make it out of a suitcase in a jar."

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3 US GA: Synthetic Marijuana 'Spice' Is Nothing Too NiceMon, 10 Jan 2011
Source:Augusta Chronicle, The (GA) Author:Cain, Bianca Area:Georgia Lines:122 Added:01/12/2011

Synthetic marijuana is just as illegal as the real thing in Georgia, 15 other states

It's referred to as synthetic marijuana, but the effects can be much worse than the real thing.

"The lure and the attractiveness of it was that it was legal and couldn't be tested," said Gaylord Lopez, the director of the Georgia Poison Control Center.

Respiratory failure, hallucinations, anxiety attacks, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, seizures, unconsciousness and death can be among the side effects.

Teenagers and adults yearning for a legal high have sought out the drug known as Spice, K2 and Blaze.

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4 US GA: Officers Say Drug Hot Spots Rotate Through AreasTue, 05 Oct 2010
Source:Augusta Chronicle, The (GA) Author:Cain, Bianca Area:Georgia Lines:83 Added:10/08/2010

Richmond County narcotics investigators often see a cycle in drug-infested neighborhoods.

"The standard has been that you arrest them in one location and then (the others) pack up and move to a different location and bring in new soldiers," said Lt. Scott Gay of the Crime Suppression Unit.

East Augusta-- including East Boundary, Bethlehem and parts of Olde Town -- currently tops the Richmond County list as the most crime-saturated area, Gay said.

Harrisburg, Barton Village and Woodlake, off Windsor Spring Road, fall closely behind.

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