Bath Salts a recurring problem in Utica
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UTICA, N.Y. -- Utica Police responded to three separate bath salts incidents in the city, all within one day of each other. The first incident happened on Friday at 207 Stephens Drive. Police said a 20-year-old male called 911 when he thought he was having a heart attack after he took bath salts. They said the man reported snorting large amount of bath salts to get high.
Utica Police responded to a second call around 7:30 p.m. on Friday night on Bleecker Street. They said a 22-year-old woman under the influence of bath salts was running into traffic wearing only her underwear and screaming that her clothes were electrocuting her. According to police, the woman was foaming from the mouth and acting violently towards officers and drivers. She was taken to St. Elizabeth's Hospital for treatment.
Lastly, around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Utica Police found a 39-year-old male on the roof at 616 Schuyler Street. They said the man was on the roof for three hours and was telling officers he was getting ambushed by people near him. Police said nobody was near the man other than the officers talking to him from the driveway. The man told police he had taken bath salts for several days and had not slept in three days. He was also taken to St. Elizabeth's Hospital for a mental health evaluation.
The Utica Police Department said the use of bath salts in the city is becoming a serious health concern.