York County bath salts symposium draws good reception

Posted Oct. 18, 2012, at 1:41 p.m.

ALFRED, Maine — A training session on the synthetic drug bath salts, hosted by the York County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, drew a solid reception, according to Maj. William King.

King said in a news release that more than 70 first responders representing 10 law enforcement agencies, six fire departments, six schools and two hospitals attended the two sessions, which was presented by Bangor police Lt. Tom Reagan.

Bath salts is a dangerous synthetic drug that can cause severe paranoia and hallucinations, along with a dangerously high heart rate and high body temperature.

“Choose to Be Healthy,” a local Healthy Maine Partnership and Drug Free Communities Coalition co-sponsored the training along with the York County Sheriff’s Office, the release stated.

Reagan, a national expert on the effects of bath salts, earned the prestigious Enrique “Kiki” Camerena award earlier this year for his work on educating the public on the dangerous effects of the drug.

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