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Dangerous drug sold in Washington as bath salts

In this Jan. 18, 2011 photo, Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson holds a packet of what is being sold as bath salts at his office in Fulton, Miss. The product, which can be legally purchased, contain stimulants which authorities claim can cause hallucinations, paranoia and suicidal thoughts and are now among the newest substances law enforcement agents are having to deal with in the streets. (Rogelio Solis / Associated Press)
In this Jan. 18, 2011 photo, Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson holds a packet of what is being sold as bath salts at his office in Fulton, Miss. The product, which can be legally purchased, contain stimulants which authorities claim can cause hallucinations, paranoia and suicidal thoughts and are now among the newest substances law enforcement agents are having to deal with in the streets. (Rogelio Solis / Associated Press)

The Washington Poison Center is warning about a dangerous drug being sold as “bath salts” and containing a substance that has profound physiological effects.

The drug is known as MDPV (3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone), which can cause intense cravings, hallucinations, paranoia and suicidal thoughts.

Other states where the drug has shown up previously have taken steps to ban it, including Louisiana, North Dakota and Florida, the poison center said in a press release this week.

The drug has also been sold as plant growth stimulator and insect repellent.

If you are concerned that someone has taken this drug, call the nonprofit poison center at (800) 222-1222.