A photo shows "bath Salts" a new designer drug that has been making headlines around the world. (QMI Agency/handout)
CALGARY - Police say they could have their first case of the new drug bath salts on their hands, after a young man took on several officers Saturday.
Cops were called to a home in the city's southwest at about 8:30 a.m. by the 20-something's parents, who were fearful of his behaviour.
Police said the first two officers on the scene got more than they bargained for, and backup had to be called to control the man.
"He was not co-operating," Insp. Craig Skelton said.
"They had to physically restrain him.
"In the process (of controlling him) they discovered that he had an extremely high pain tolerance and he was acting very aggressively and combatively."
Skelton said he would consider the man's resistance to pain beyond the norm.
While he said he would be hesitant to call this a confirmed case of bath salts use, Skelton did say this is what police are investigating, and police are confident this man consumed something.
Once under control, the man was taken to hospital. He is expected to be all right.
If this was a bath salts case, Skelton said it would be the first one reported here, which is concerning to police.
It's not yet an illegal drug, and has recently achieved notoriety in the aftermath of incidents in the U.S., including one in May in Miami involving a 31-year-old man allegedly savaging a homeless man and eating portions of his face.