Parents, we need to talk to you again about several popular new party drugs sold as bath salts, plant food, incense, and insect repellent. They’re extremely dangerous, but according to ABC News, they’re legal. Why? Because they’re labeled “not for human consumption.” Sales are exploding, because people think if something’s legal, it’s safe, but it’s not. Case in point: 29-year-old Jarrod Moody. His father said Jarrod complained of insomnia and, when he could sleep, he had horrible nightmares. He began talking to himself and would have "bursts of superhuman energy" minutes after complaining of crippling stomach pains. In less than two weeks he'd be dead. Jarrod became suicidal, and shot himself in the head. Even though all signs pointed to drug use, the toxicology report came back clean – no illegal drugs were in his system. So, what made him suicidal? Drugs that are legal. 

The toxic products in question are sold online, at gas stations, head shops, and on the street. They have names like Ivory Wave, White Lightning, Hurricane Charlie, and Cloud-9. They’re powders that can be swallowed, snorted or injected – and create highs similar to cocaine, meth, and Ecstasy. Dr. Mark Ryan, director of Louisiana Poison Control, says they cause intense cravings for more drugs, as well as off-the-charts anxiety, blood pressure high enough to blow an aorta, and suicidal thoughts. Users are often combative, out of touch with reality, and paranoid about demons and aliens coming to get their family. The number of poisoning cases connected to these drugs has jumped 20-thousand percent.

The DEA is working to ban some of the chemicals that can be found in these drugs. However, smart pushers and chemists can often stay one step ahead of the law, by creating a new compound that does just about the same thing and is still legal. Until the law catches up with these new drugs, there’s only one safe rule of thumb: Talk to your kids about the dangers of all drugs – legal and illegal. Remind them not to take anything that says “not for human consumption.”