(SALINA,Kan) — Police say it's a drug problem, one they can't do anything about. Ingesting bath salts and smoking potpourri have gained what police call a "cult like" following in recent months.
Police say a Kansas University student, Elijah Taylor of Salomon, home on winter break, threw himself in front of highway traffic last week near Salina. Taylor was killed; officials await a toxicology report after finding bath salts on him.
"What is being put in them nobody knows," says Capt. Mike Sweeney of the Salina police department.
What officials do know is that young adults are ingesting bath salts and smoking potpourri to get high...and it's all legal.
”Even if we catch it in their possession there's nothing we can do about it,” added Sweeney.
Eight months ago “The Grind” in Salina began manufacturing and selling potpourri. Management did not shy away when they said this product has simply sky rocketed both in sales and popularity in that time period.