Pump It Powder creating headaches for users, police - KCTV5

Pump It Powder creating headaches for users, police

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A tiny container is endangering lives and giving Kansas City police some very big problems.

"I'm getting lots of calls from parents because their kids are ending up in the hospital," Sgt. Brad Dumit of the Kansas City Police Department said.

Pump It Powder is the latest synthetic drug. It is sold at area convenience stores and marketed as "enhanced plant vitamin." To skirt federal rules, the product is properly labeled as "not for human consumption," but that's not stopping some, including teens, from using it.

"They can snort it, smoke it, they can put it in their food," Dumit said. "They are taking it anyway, doing many different things to ingest it. That's what is scary."

Users report that Pump It Powder is quickly addictive and that some become addicted in just a few weeks. The power stimulates the central nervous system and law enforcement officials say is similar to methamphetamine. It can lead to severe psychosis that can lead to suicide, officers say.

Crime labs are still testing the powder in part to see if any illegal substances are used in it.

Police say one of the issues is that the "high" takes a while to take effect. Since it doesn't have an immediate effect, users take hit after hit until they collapse and wind up in the hospital.

KCTV5 was able to buy a small container at an area convenience store for $30.

"It's every bit the problem as other drugs are on the streets," Dumit said. "It's just easier for people to get them."

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