The News Journal
Christine Lunsford started injecting a new drug this spring, a white powder she said caused her to attack her boyfriend with a knife.
The 35-year-old Wilmington Manor resident didn't buy the drug on a street corner. She didn't even break the law.
Lunsford legally purchased "bath salts," a powerful designer drug made of up to three stimulants, at a tobacco store on U.S. 13 near her home. She abused the drug for four months -- winding up in Wilmington Hospital in a psychotic state twice -- before she finally quit four months ago.
"It makes you absolutely crazy, like a walking paranoid schizophrenic," she said.
Federal and state authorities are now racing to ban the drug (already banned in 29 states), which is sending abusers like Lunsford to emergency rooms in Delaware and across the country in startling numbers.
Christiana Care and Bayhealth, which each oversee two hospitals, are treating about one person a day for adverse reactions, officials said.