AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Starting Thursday Maine's law outlawing the synthetic drug known as Bath Salts will get even tougher.
5 new substances used to create the controversial drug will be illegal under the law.
Law enforcement officials say it's been tough trying ban all of the substances found in the drug since it first surfaced in Maine a couple of years ago. They say by tweaking the state law they can continue to crack down on people who try to distribute the drug.
" And that's the way we see things going with these synthetic drugs, the laws have to catch up", said Maine DEA Director Roy McKinney.
In June of last year the number of incidents reported to the Northern New England Poison Center hit a high of 30. The numbers have declined since then. The center's director cites a number of factors for that.
"Having a law that had stricter penalties was very helpful, but it's just one piece of what we need to do. At the same time we had media attention, education for the public, we had more awareness", said Dr. Karen Simone.
If you have any questions or concerns about Bath Salts you can contact the Northern New England Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.