RCPD Issues Warning After Apparent Bath Salt Incident

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Riley County police say a Fort Riley soldier was taken to the hospital after displaying bizarre behavior. Officials believe that he was high on bath salts.

At 8 AM on July 2, 2012, the Riley County Police Department received a call from a anonymous person who stated that their friend appeared to be under the influence of drugs and was displaying very strange behavior.

Officers responded to a residential area in the south central portion of Manhattan and made contact with the person in question. Officials have identified him as a 22-year-old active duty soldier stationed at Fort Riley. His name and the exact location of the incident are not being released.

According to Lieutenant Josh Kyle, the spokesman for the Riley County Police Department, the soldier was exhibiting slurred speech and a slow reaction time, followed by sudden excitability and agitation as well as scattered thoughts and paranoid delusions. He also made a number of religious statements and responding officers reported that he had a “desire to keep moving,” according to Kyle.

Concerned for the soldier’s welfare after observing his actions, he was taken into police protective custody and transported to Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan for evaluation and treatment.

Kyle told members of the media Tuesday that there were preliminary indications on the scene that bath salts were involved in the incident. He issued a warning about the dangers of using the substance.

“Bath salts is a generic term for several different substances, some of which are illegal to possess, some of which are legal to possess. They’re usually manufactured overseas and brought into the United States illegally. Typically, bath salts come in the form of a dissolvable capsule that the person ingests and it contains a powder inside that causes intoxication. They’re particularly dangerous because they involve such a wide variety of substances. It’s true of any illegal substances that you never know for certain what you’re really getting and that’s particularly true with bath salts. The mixtures they use to make it are also changing so you could be getting just about anything," Kyle said.

"We have been seeing these substances in the local area. Although cocaine and methamphetamine represent a more serious threat to the local community, we are seeing an increased use of bath salts in this area. I’d like to inform the public that these substances are dangerous. They do result in bizarre behaviors because the users are consuming such an unusual and wide variety of substances. And if you want any more information go to drugs.com and type in bath salts," he added.

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