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Bath salts overdose killed teen, sickened 4 others, medical examiner says

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Bath salts are to blame in the overdose death of a 17-year-old boy who was found unconscious with four others in an Orange County home in February, the Medical Examiner said Friday.

Krystopher Sansone and four other teens and young adults were found Feb. 10 in a home on the 14300 block of Vista Del Lago Boulevard in Winter Garden. Sansone died at Florida Hospital Celebration. The others also were hospitalized.

The group had ingested a synthetic drug with hallucinogenic and stimulating properties, according to Orange-Osceola Chief Medical Examiner Jan Garavaglia.

The hallucinogenic drug, which she said can be classified as a bath salt," can cause psychosis, seizures and clearly death," she said.

Dr. Garavaglia said she discovered the chemical on a 10 dollar bill.

According to addiction counselor Luis Delgado, many people use bath salts because the powdery, synthetic, hallucinogenic stimulant is hard to detect.

"They're not really bath salts... the kind you use in the tub,' he said.  "The sad thing is that it is out there, and young people are still getting a hold of it."

Back in February Krystopher's mother Lucy spoke out, encouraging kids to say no to drugs saying, "This was a good kid, from a good family, who made a bad choice that night."

Delgado hopes to prevent other deaths.  He said there are signs parents should look for in their children, if they're concerned.

"Some severe ups and severe down. You see your child and he's in a manic phase, then crashes all the time.  There's a million other ways to feel good.  There's so many natural highs."

Dr. Garavaglia said several other people have died from bath salts in Orange County, the majority of whom were teenagers.


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