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Sheriff: Bath salts now a focus into the death of a Mayfield woman

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MAYFIELD, N.Y. - The investigation into the suspicious death of a Mayfield woman in Fulton County is now focusing on a store-bought product being used as a drug: bath salts.

42-year-old Brent Scott Alling Sr., the husband of the victim, 54-year-old Kathryn Alling, is now in custody on unrelated charges of DWAI after his truck was stopped on Tuesday. Authorities say he is being held in the Fulton County Jail and they are questioning him on the suspicious death.

The naked body of Kathryn Alling was found dead on Monday morning in brush off of County Route 123, near Tyrell Road, in Mayfield.

Investigators with the Fulton County Sherriff's Office believe the couple, who was married for ten years, had a history of alcohol and drug use that may have included bath salts.

Bath salts are being dubbed as a highly addictive, designer drug with extreme dangerous side effects.

Bath salts are commonly called ivory wave, vanilla sky or energy one. Doctors say the drug has constantly changing chemicals.

The sale, distribution, manufacture and possession was officially banned in New York in July of 2011. However, nationwide, bath salts can still be found, as Congress is unable to agree on a bill.

Police officers and doctors say their own safety is at risk when dealing with someone who is high on bath salts.

The effects are scary; doctors say bath salts create an "excited delirium" that makes users paranoid and violent, dramatically increasing the dopamine levels in the brain, similar to synthetic meth amphetamine and cocaine.

Recently, a Florida man ate another man's face while under the influence. "It's pretty devastating to think this kid was a normal kid walking around maybe the week before," says Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen.

In the Capital Region, NEWS10 talked with a shop owner on Lark Street who adamantly said his store is against selling bath salts because of the dangerous side effects.

Doctors say users do not easily come down from the high bath salts cause. "I am frequently involved in those cases where I have to personally restrain with the help of our staff and our security forces, and you do at times, with some of the larger individuals, feel very unsafe," says Dr. Matt Wilkinson.

Furthermore, doctors say bath salts double the damage to your brain than just a single drug, not only pouring dopamine into the brain, but trapping it there as well.

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