Bath salts discovered in Rockport high school

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 26, 2011, at 1:41 p.m.

ROCKPORT, Maine — Bath salts were found at Camden Hills Regional High School last week, police confirmed Wednesday.

Officer Craig Cooley said he was in the school investigating iPod thefts from locker rooms and cars last Friday when an assistant principal pulled him aside and handed him a container of granular, off-white drugs. A student had found the container, gave it to a teacher and the teacher gave it to the administrator. Cooley could not say where the vial of bath salts was found, but did say he has a student suspect. No arrests have been made.

“This is a scary drug,” Cooley said Wednesday. “I hoped it would never reach that building.”

The designer drug typically contains mephedrone or methylenedioxypyrovalerone, also known as MDPV. It resembles cocaine and can cause users to experience paranoia, hallucinations, convulsions and psychotic behavior.

There have been no reports of students using the drug in school, but Cooley said, “[Bath salts] are in there. The inevitable will happen.”

Principal Nick Ithomitis declined to comment other than to say he and his staff are dealing with the issue “very aggressively.”

A conference to discuss bath salts with parents and how to deal with the issue is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the high school.

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