Around December of last year, Marti Lanier started noticing a difference in her son's behavior.
She explains, "He started getting really paranoid like people were following him. He couldn't get safe enough. He felt in danger all the time."
She assumed it had to do with drugs, but what kind of drugs, she did not know.
"He was tested. Tested three different times and nothing showed up," Lanier explains.
Which is a common result for people using designer drugs like bath salts.
"So that's the challenge for law enforcement. What exactly are we dealing with when we find this substance in the possession of an offender," says Officer George Spindler of Abilene Police Department.
They come in various forms, sold in smoke shops, convenient stores, and even on the street. Although the packaging often says "not for human consumption," people of all ages are trying the poisonous chemicals to get a high.
Spindler continues, "It's something that we are acutely aware and we're taking steps necessary to address the reality of this emerging trend."
Lanier says addiction to this drug does not discriminate,anyone can fall victim.
"I just want parents to be aware that it can happen. I didn't think it could happen to us. My son wasn't raised like that but it happens to the best of people," she says.
Which is why Lanier is doing everything she can to get the message out.
She says, "Everybody just needs to be aware. And that's what i wanted to do. We wanted people to be aware."
Lanier says her son is currently in rehab on the road to recovery.