Rockland police warns of dangerous new drugs

Posted July 01, 2011, at 5:50 p.m.

ROCKPORT, Maine — Officer Don Finnegan, Rockland Police Department, conducted two seminars on June 27 for Pen Bay Healthcare staff and physicians to provide information about several dangerous new drugs that have arrived here in the Rockland area. In the two sessions, more than 80 Pen Bay staff members packed the conference room at Pen Bay to learn more about these drugs that are already causing major health and safety issues.

The most dangerous new drug is called “Bath Salts.” This drug has nothing to do with anything for the bath, but is a dangerous chemical stimulant that is being abused much like other illicit drugs. Those high on “Bath Salts” are at risk of serious health issues, such as rapid heart rate, negative hallucinations, breathing problems and more, and may end up in the emergency department. When under the influence, users  also are dangerous to emergency health professionals, as the drug can cause unusually severe paranoia, so that those trying to provide medical care are perceived as threatening.

Pen Bay Healthcare in collaboration with the Rockland Police Department has developed a safety plan, as mandated by a recent vote in the Maine Legislature. This plan outlines actions to keep staff and other patients safe from these unusually disruptive patients. To find out more information or to get help, please contact your health care provider or Sergeant Finnegan at 594-0316, extension 243. In an emergency, always call 9-1-1.

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