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Plaintiff Says Defendants Sold Harmful Fake Cocaine Product

July 20, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

A West Virginia man filed suit against three local businesses in Lincoln County for selling and marketing a product called “bath salts,” which the defendants marketed as a “legal drug.” Now, other plaintiffs might join him in his product liability and personal injury lawsuit, according to The West Virginia Record.

In his complaint, the plaintiff says he purchased the bath salts from the defendants last January to April. He alleges he suffered about 20 afflictions from the product, which contain mephedrone, a synthetic stimulant and amphetamine. The product also goes by the names “fake cocaine,” and “synthetic cocaine.”

The plaintiff accuses the defendants of marketing the product in a way that led him to believe the bath salts were less harmful than they actually were. The product mimics the effects of cocaine, and West Virginia has recently banned the bath salts. Some communities now impose jail time for those convicted of possessing or selling the product.

Authorities say the bath salts can cause delusions, paranoia and death. The plaintiff’s compliant requests that the defendants stop selling the product and it seeks compensatory and punitive damages as well. An attorney for one of the defendants said that no prohibitions against the product were in place at the time the defendant sold the product to the plaintiff.

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