By Jennifer, WAKE UP!, www.wakeupnow.org
Ladybugs are said to bring luck, but there’s nothing lucky about a new type of synthetic drug called amped, also known as exuberance powder. Marketed as a “ladybug attractant,” people use the substance to get high much like “bath salts” or other amphetamine-like drugs.
While high, some of the side effects include:
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Extreme violent behavior
Law enforcement and lawmakers are playing catch-up with these synthetic products, as many of the chemicals used to make these substances are not yet outlawed.
The consumption of these substances is increasing fast. In 2011, the American Association of Poison Control Centers said there were 6,138 calls regarding exposure to bath salts, compared to 2010 when there were only 304.
For a poison emergency in the U.S. call 1-800-222-1222
American Association of Poison Control Centers.