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Monday, August 13, 2012

Bath Salts (Part II)

There was a great article in yesterday's Cumberland Times News about the bath salts epidemic facing our community.  A link to the article is attached.  This week the Western Maryland Health System is sponsoring a community wide presentation on the bath salts issue.  The program is open to physicians, nurses, social workers, school nurses, principals and corrections staff.  Dr. George Garrow, Chief Medical Officer for WMHS, will present along with our Trauma Nurse Coordinator, Chuck Barrick; Dr. Christine Lee,  a WMHS staff Psychiatrist; Rebecca Myers, Program Director for the Health Department's Outpatient Addictions; and Capt. James Pyles, Maryland State Police.  There will be a case presentation, a review of the growing incidents as a result of bath salts and the impact on the ED, review of clinical issues related to bath salts and Q&A for attendees.  Following the community wide presentation is a similar presentation for 30 members of area law enforcement.  A training session will be held with some of the same panel expertise that participated in the community wide meeting.  This epidemic is spreading with overdoses related to bath salts being seen in our ED each day.  In addition, the head shops that sell the bath salts are opening throughout the region with increased frequency.


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