Father outraged selling of synthetic speed is legal

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Kevin Hill says he wants bath salts banned because people like his 24-year-old son are using them to get high.

PORTLAND, Ore. – A local father is outraged that some local smoke shops are legally selling synthetic speed to people like his son and said he wants them to stop.

The products that Kevin Hill’s son and others are taking are sold as bathing salts or stain cleaner and they are using them to get high.

The products were just banned in Louisiana.

Hill said he found a packet of Blue Silk Bath Salts in his 24-year-old son’s pocket when he was kicked out of rehab for the fifth time. The package says, “Not for human consumption.”

“He’s still currently on the streets, and I still believe he’s doing the same thing and, as a parent, you just don’t know if they’re going to make it. And this stuff is scary,” Hill said.

Similar products are sold under many names, like Cloud Nine and White Dove. A former user told an ABC affiliate about what using it did to her.

“You’re hearing voices, being paranoid, like paranoid thinking like, delusionally,” the unidentified woman said.

After doing some detective work, Hill said he discovered that his son bought the bath salts at the Scappoose Smoke Shop. 

The owner of the store, John Harper, defended himself, saying it’s legal and he has a business to run. He said he was forced to sell the bath salts to keep his store in business when Oregon banned synthetic marijuana in October.

When told that a father’s son had fallen out of rehab because of the bath salts, Harper responded, “I wouldn’t doubt that’s a possibility.” He also said he doesn’t feel any responsibility for it happening.

“You and I have decisions to make,” he said. “We are going to make a decision based on our own information – what’s good for us. “I’m not to tell you how to run your life and you’re not to tell me how to run mine.”

He said it’s up to the buyers what they do with the product.

“We live in fear,” said Hill, “and I just want to see this kid get healthy again. And it’s really hard to do that when you can just buy this stuff.”

Officials at the Oregon Board of Pharmacy said the products have just crossed their radar and they plan on banning them in April. Officials with the state of Washington said they’re also just learning about the products and have nothing in the works to ban them.