Loughner Had Been Known To Use Salvia

INSIDE EDITION takes a look at the widespread use of the drug salvia which Tucson gunman Jared Loughner reportedly used on a regular basis. Could it have been a factor in his shooting rampage?  

The crazed Tucson gunman was a regular user of a hallucinogenic drug that is becoming increasingly popular among America's teenagers.

It's called salvia, and incredibly, it's perfectly legal in most states.

The New York Times quotes a friend of Jared Loughner's as saying "He always had salvia on him."

INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent goes in to a store and comes out and says, "It isn't hard for me to buy salvia in a store just a few blocks from the crossroads of the world, Times Square."

It's so readily available that it's sold in, of all places, grocery stories in Arizona where Loughner lives. The 22-year-old's disordered thinking and crazy ramblings are typical of salvia head trips. Like in the twisted video tour which got him suspended from Pima Community College   

A video of Miley Cyrus smoking salvia from a bong surfaced just last month and was taped saying, "I'm having a little bit of a bad trip."

But Cyrus is just one of millions of teenagers who use the drug. There are hundreds of disturbing videos on You Tube showing young men and women smoking salvia.

A government survey says six percent of high school seniors and college students admit using the drug more than ectasy or cocaine. The drug enforcement agency lists salvia as a drug of concern and is considering outlawing it. In the meantime, in many states it's easier for a teenager to buy than beer or cigarettes.