BUCKSPORT — Regional School Unit 25 (RSU 25) and Bucksport Bay Healthy Communities Coalition are sponsoring a community forum to educate students, parents and community members about the drug called “bath salts.”
The forum will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Bucksport Middle School auditorium.
The forum will feature a panel of speakers who will explain the characteristics of “bath salts” and the drug’s physical and emotional impact on the user.
Participants also will learn about law enforcement strategies to contain the epidemic.
A substance abuse treatment professional will discuss options to get help.
The forum panel includes Dr. Daniel Reinke, medical director of the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital emergency room, Agent Chris Thornton of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Christene Berg, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor.
According to Maine’s Office of Substance Abuse, the drug sold as bath salts has no legitimate use for bathing and are intended for substance abuse. These are synthetic substances that act in the brain like powerful stimulant drugs. “Bath salts” give users a euphoric feeling said to be “more intense than that brought on by cocaine.” Often marketed as “not for human consumption” to avoid legal prosecution, “bath salts” and the chemicals used to create them are now illegal to sell or posses in the United States.