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Six Arrested Following Bath Salts Raid

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Bay County, Fla. -

Six people are arrested on Thursday following a synthetic narcotics raid.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office says yesterday (Wednesday), they served five search warrants at CK's Secrets on Jenks Avenue, 2 Condom Knowledge stores on Panama City Beach, The Party Shack on Front Beach Road and the Gas Mart on Business 98.

Authorities say the six arrested were selling synthetic narcotics known as Daylights and Super Kush, both forms of bath salts and synthetic marijuana.

Clayton Conklin, Angela Malauski, Michael Peer, Brian Luczaj, Brandon Luczaj and Veronica Lamont are all facing charges for the raid.

Authorities say they found an instruction sheet for employees at CK Secrets, detailing a possible investigation because of parental complaints.

In light of these arrests, concerns are now being raised about the effects bath salts could have on your health.

Doctors at Bay Medical Center say if a person ingests substances like bath salts, they are in danger of having a heart attack or stroke.

Bath salt users are also at risk of suffering from suicidal thoughts, hallucinations and violent behavior, but most experience other side effects.

Bay Medical Emergency Department Director, Patricia Scott says, "They are agitated, very impulsive, maybe confused. I've seen just a lot of variation in symptoms from the bath salts. They do have a euphoric state and maybe quite unpredictable with their behavior until it wears off."

The dangers of bath salts are also extending into the emergency room. Employees have to protect themselves from patients who are agitated with high blood pressure and increased heart rates.

"When we have a patient come in that is really agitated with bath salts or anything else they've ingested, we always have the patient's safety and the staff's safety foremost to protect them and we do have measures to protect everyone." Scott said.

The substances can be addictive and the effects of the chemicals can last for several hours, depending on how and how much of the bath salt a person ingests.

According to Bay Medical records, there's been a drop in the number of patients who are admitted for ingesting bath salts.

They attribute the drop to the legality of the substances and the sheriff's mission to eliminate them, but even with the Sheriff's efforts, people are still purchasing the salts in other states and bringing them in.