Bath salts could hit schools next

12:10 PM, Sep 15, 2011   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The synthetic drug called bath salts could hit high schools and college campuses next, police said at a Bath Salts Town Hall Meeting at Husson University Wednesday night.

Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia told a full auditorium that bath salts, like any illicit drug, is moving to a younger crowd.

"It started with an adult population, and migrated to our youth," Gastia said.

"There's no reason to think it's going to be any different [than other drugs]. These drugs are not going away," he said.

Because the drug's popularity is so new, there is not a lot of data on the current users.

Based on police reports, Gastia said the median age for a bath salt user is 35 years old.

But drug counselor Gerri Plourde said she has been seeing bath salt users as young as 19.

"It's really concerning because we don't know what to do with them," Plourde said.

"It getting into the high schools or younger -- I'm hoping that that doesn't happen," she said.

"This is a whole new ball game right now."

One college student is concerned he'll start seeing bath salts on his campus.

"That's definitely a risk," said Nicholas Gambone, a student at the New England School of Communication.

"I don't think it would happen to many people that I know, but I could definitely see that happening at the school."

NEWS CENTER

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