BREWER, Maine — A Brewer woman who admitted to using synthetic drugs called ‘bath salts’ broke into a home early Sunday and locked herself in the bathroom, then several hours later she was arrested after reporting someone had broken into her house.

Brewer police first came into contact with Katie McAvoy, 29, after she broke into a Harris Street house at around 2:10 a.m. Sunday, Brewer police Capt. Jason Moffitt said on Monday.

“She was yelling she was going to be shot by a man who had a gun,” the police captain said.

McAvoy locked herself in the bathroom of the home and destroyed a heater and other items inside the bathroom before leaving. By the time police arrived, McAvoy was across the street with the complainant, Moffitt said. She was “transferred for medical treatment” to Eastern Maine Medical Center, which charges pending.

After her release from the hospital, McAvoy called police at around 11:10 a.m. to report that “there was an unknown person in her house,” Moffitt said. “We determined [she] was on bath salts and no one was found in her house.”

Bath salts, a designer drug that became illegal in Maine last week usually contain mephedrone or Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, also known as MDPV. Police, doctors and emergency responders and others have reported signs of paranoia, hallucinations, convulsions and psychotic behavior in drug users.

Police found a pill bottle with 6 Trazadone, an anti-depressant and sleep aid, in her possession and charged McAvoy with possession of diverted prescription pills and violation her conditions of release. She also was charged for the earlier incident, which added two counts of criminal trespassing and a criminal mischief charge and another violation of her conditions of release charge, the police captain said.

“We’re been having several incidents a week with bath salts,” Moffitt said, warning drug users to avoid the stuff. “It’s extremely concerning to us.” (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)