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Banned "bath salts" back on the market, with slight revisions

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The deceptively named "bath salts" are sold in smoke shops and some discount stores. Health officials say it's a dangerous drug that's in the same category as heroin, amphetamines and methamphetamine.

Michigan banned a designer drug known as “bath salts” last August.

But the highly addictive substance has returned, with slight chemical modifications, to skirt the law.

The crystalline powder is classified in the same category as amphetamines and methamphetamine.

In other words, it’s not for the bathtub.

Although Michigan lawmakers outlawed bath salts, it’s back – and it’s valuable.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says the person who burglarized a discount store this week took only a cabinet containing the drug.

"This particular packet, we're finding out, is being sold for between $225 to $275 for this 10-gram packet -- that's a small packet," Hanson says, describing a package of the drug his department confiscated.

He  says you can't tell where the product is made or what’s in it by just looking at the label.

Hanson says it can take a month or more to get lab results back on suspected bath salts, and by then, the sellers may already have a new version.

Health officials say the drug can cause violent behavior, hallucinations, seizures, paranoia and other side effects.