Coalton plans bath salt training

The Randolph County America’s Promise Coalition and Family Resource Network will host a community training on the dangers of bath salts and K-2.

This training has been designed to give providers and the general public an increased awareness about the impact of bath salts use/abuse, help recognize signs and symptoms and the appeal of bath salt use and identify the drug and packaging as well as the dangers of use/abuse.

There are two types of bath salts. The first type is made of water-soluble beads that are meant to be added to bath water for a better cleaning and bathing experience. These are not the bath salts that are being abused.

Bath salts also is the slang term for a new group of designer drugs sold as tablets, capsules or powder and purchased in places such as tobacco and convenience stores, gas stations, head shops and the Internet. These drugs are stimulants that mimic cocaine, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), methamphetamine or methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy).

West Virginia residents need to be concerned about the use and abuse of bath salts. In 2009, there were zero calls placed to poison control centers across the nation concerning bath salts; by 2011, there were more than 5,600 calls placed concerning this substance.

To attend this free training, anyone interested is asked to contact the Randolph County Family Resource Network at 304-636-4454 before May 23. The training will be May 30 at the Woodford Church in Elkins. Continuing Education Units are pending at this time, and space is limited.

This training is provided by the Randolph County America’s Promise Coalition and funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center of Substance Abuse Prevention and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities.