Christine Lunsford, 35, of Wilmington started injecting a new drug this spring, a white powder she said caused her to attack her boyfriend with a knife, reports the Wilmington News Journal. Lunsford legally purchased “bath salts,” a powerful designer drug made of up to three stimulants, at a tobacco store. She abused the drug for four months — winding up in a hospital in a psychotic state twice — before she finally quit four months ago.
“It makes you absolutely crazy, like a walking paranoid schizophrenic,” she said. Federal and state authorities are now racing to ban the drug (already banned in 29 states), which is sending abusers like Lunsford to emergency rooms across the U.S. in startling numbers. Christiana Care and Bayhealth, which each oversee two hospitals, are treating about one person a day for adverse reactions. An emergency, one-year nationwide ban by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will go into effect next month. In Delaware, prosecutors and police chiefs are drafting a bill that would permanently ban the drug here. Bath salts abusers can stay awake for days. The drug makes them agitated, delusional, paranoid, violent and gives some people an unusual amount of strength.