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Bath salts drug use spreading throughout Maine, officials say

A delusional man broke into a Waterville school while class was under way and screamed that someone armed with a gun was after him, trying to kill him. A woman in Knox County tried to cut her teeth out with a knife because she thought they were embedded with ticks. …
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Feds to ban substances used to make bath salts

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced Wednesday that in response to the “growing use of and interest in synthetic stimulants sold under the guise of ‘bath salts,’’’ the agency was invoking its emergency scheduling authority to temporarily ban three synthetic stimulants used to make the drug. Bath salts became illegal …
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Higher price, decrease in users reported after criminalization of bath salts

BANGOR | With all things sold — even street drugs such as synthetic bath salts — the law of supply and demand plays a role in cost. Police and Maine Drug Enforcement Agency leaders are saying that state and federal laws banning the drug have caused the price to …
Chief Deputy Troy J. Morton holds up a bath salts testing kit in his Penobscot County sheriff's office Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. The sheriff's office recently received a shipment of the kits. They detect mephedrone and MDPV, which both are bath salts components found in the Bangor area.

A year of bath salts in Maine; users getting younger

BANGOR | There has been a big change in just who is using the synthetic drug bath salts in Maine nowadays — and parents should be worried, authorities say. The Northern New England Poison Control Center in Portland collects data concerning bath salts poisonings — or overdoses — and …
A selection of bath salts confiscated by the Bangor Police Department.

Drug being sold as ‘Molly’ is actually bath salts, Bangor MDEA agent says

Drug dealers in the Bangor area and beyond are deceiving their customers by selling synthetic bath salts and calling it “Molly,” which is the nickname for the primary ingredient in the hallucinogenic substance Ecstasy, an agent with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said Friday. “They’re calling it …

What exactly are bath salts?

Bath salts, a synthetic drug that became illegal in Maine over the summer, has posed a problem for law enforcement agencies throughout the state, particularly in the Bangor area. Below is a brief summary of what bath salts are and what happens when people are on them. What are bath …
Cloud 9 "bath salts," a new synthetic drug.

Police warn about ‘bath salts’: new dangerous, legal synthetic drug

BANGOR | A local man who admitted to snorting a new designer drug known on the streets as “bath salts” called police last week to complain about his television. “The television was telling him to stop paying his mortgage, to stop paying his car bill, to send his money …
Bath salts confiscated recently by the Bangor Police Department.

Police tell Camden Hills parents: Bath salts ‘can kill your kid’

ROCKPORT | Concerned about bath salts found in the school, parents of Camden Hills Regional High School students gathered to talk about the issue. Last month a student brought the designer drug bath salts to school and left it under a seat cushion. That student has been identified, according …
A selection of bath salts confiscated by the Bangor Police Department.

Parents’ bath salts abuse sends more children to state custody

AUGUSTA | A spike in the number of children entering state custody because their parents are abusing bath salts has forced the state’s Office of Child and Family Services to add almost $1 million to its budget this year to accommodate 200 additional children living in foster care and …

“Bath salts” warning released

Public health, law enforcement and medical officials in the Bangor area have released a public warning poster about the dangers of the drugs known as bath salts.

Vermont bans bath salts

BURLINGTON, Vt. — New drug regulations went into effect Friday in Vermont that made possession of the synthetic drug known as “bath salts” a crime. The Vermont Health Department said that as of Friday, amended state drug regulations now make illegal the synthetic drug known as “bath salts” — which …
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Bath salts is this era’s LSD

The recent rash of dangerous behavior in the Bangor area by people reportedly under the influence of a new synthetic but legal drug known as “bath salts” or “monkey dust” recalls an era nearly 50 years ago when LSD was legal. State governments responded in 1966 by making LSD illegal. …

18 Pounds of Bath Salts Seized

Darrell Crandall, MDEA division commander, talks about the more than 8 pounds of dangerous synthetic bath salts, with a street value of about $563,000, that were seized from a Hermon residence on Jan. 18, 2013. A second package, weighing approximately 10 pounds and worth $700,000, was mailed from Maine to …
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Bath salts: A plague on our communities

Friday, Jan. 18, Penobscot County was scarred by bath salts. That day, the synthetic drug was found, police said, for the first time on the University of Maine campus. Also that day, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office deputies, conducting a bail check at a home in Hermon, arrested four people allegedly …
A selection of bath salts, a synthetic drug that became illegal in Maine in July, confiscated recently by the Bangor Police Department.

Forum on bath salts tonight at Husson

BANGOR | A public forum on the synthetic drug bath salts will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Gracie Theatre on the Husson University campus. The panel of presenters will include Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia; Dr. Anthony T. Ng, medical director of psychiatric emergency services at The …
"Bath salts," the latest designer drugs, have shown up in the Queeen City, according to local police.

Getting the facts about ‘bath salts’

Maine has joined several states and European countries in banning a group of powerful synthetic drugs that are unregulated and potentially harmful. Maine’s new law makes it illegal to possess or sell any of the 21 different hallucinogenic drugs or stimulants that are sold and marketed as “bath salts.” In …
A selection of bath salts confiscated recently by the Bangor Police Department.

Berwick police wrestling with bath salts crimes

Despite a statewide ban on synthetic substances including the popular drug “bath salts,” Berwick law enforcement is experiencing a surge in bath salts calls and related crimes. According to Berwick Detective Bill Russell, his department has seen an increase in bath salts calls and related crimes, despite …
A selection of bath salts confiscated recently by the Bangor Police Department.

Maine passes bill that toughens bath salts laws

AUGUSTA | After lengthy debate and maneuvering behind the scenes, lawmakers unanimously passed an emergency bill late Tuesday they hope further deters the sale and possession of the designer drug known as bath salts. The bill, LD 1589, was drafted by Gov. Paul LePage and his staff to curb …
A selection of bath salts confiscated recently by the Bangor Police Department.

Feds ban three components of bath salts

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has banned three major components of the synthetic drug “bath salts,” which has an innocent-sounding name but is a dangerous street drug that surfaced in Maine earlier this year. Possessing or selling the drugs, which in Maine are sold under names such as monkey dust, …
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Bangor transient charged with possession of bath salts

A 23-year-old Bangor man was arrested last week after Bangor police officers were called to handle a fight on Grove Street. When they arrived at the location, officers determined that Kirk DePhilippo, whom police say is a transient, was wanted on an active warrant and that he …