Conference Wednesday to discuss bath salts solutions

8:33 PM, Oct 4, 2011   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Law enforcement and health officials have been dealing with the problem of bath salts for several months now, and it doesn't appear to be going away soon.

Those same officials will be holding a conference at Eastern Maine Community College Wednesday to directly address the best ways to curb what some are calling an epidemic. 

Acadia Hospital and Bangor Police are sponsoring the conference, and many other health and community officials will be there as well.  It runs from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.  It is not a public meeting. 

Many health officials say the biggest problem right now is there is no detox center specifically for bath salts.  Because of this, officials are concerned that it's hard to prevent people from taking the drugs again. 

"We need to have a whole new system for helping patients who want to get off of [bath salts] or want to get through the detox portion of it, and we really don't have that right now," Eastern Maine Medical Center Emergency Physician Dr. Jonnathan Busko said. 

Many issues will be discussed at Wednesday's conference, including how to best treat and manage people on bath salts, and how to come up with long-term solutions to help deal with the problem.


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