Rockland police officer warns about dangerous new drugs

Posted July 03, 2011, at 10 p.m.

ROCKPORT, Maine — Officer Don Finnegan of 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 in the Rockland area. In two sessions, more than 80 Pen Bay staff members packed the conference room at Pen Bay to learn more about these drugs that are 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 room. When under the influence, users are dangerous to emergency health care 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. The plan outlines actions to keep staff and other patients safe from these unusually disruptive patients.

For more information or to get help, contact your health care provider or call Finnegan at 594-0316, ext. 243. In an emergency, always call 911.

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