Bath salts danger is topic of program|
|The Langlade County Sheriff’s Department is bringing its very popular drug education program to a meeting at a special time Saturday.|
The department’s drug investigator Dan Bauknecht said the program explains the new and tragically popular substance in this area — bath salts — it will be held in the Clover Room at the Langlade County Fairgrounds at 11 a.m.
He said most of the bath salts sessions have been conducted during evenings and some who wanted to come couldn’t, leading to the 11 a.m. Saturday decision.
Since the first of his presentations, Bauknecht has refined the message and acquired expertise and material assets to illustrate the problems that quickly follow use of the substance.
The bath salts plague hit Langlade County more than a year ago and since then has ruined the lives of many of its addicts.
And what puzzles Bauknecht is that there is no known treatment plan for users.
There are alternative treatment plans and options starting to emerge and no information yet on the physical damage it can do because the drug is so new and ever changing.
But some users have broken the addiction cycle, he said, which suggests there may be a reason to be optimistic.
Bauknecht explained that his programs are designed to speak to families and specifically parents and young people who may notice things going wrong and be tempted to use the substance.
When the drug officer visited with the Journal editorial department this week, he brought some of the drug along. And before he would touch the package, slipped on tight latex gloves.
The salts are not what you can buy at Bed, Bath and Beyond stores.
The package Bauknecht brought was being sold as a jewelry cleaner, and there were warnings that it was absolutely not for human consumption.
“It’s a legal dodge,” Bauknecht said.
“No one is going to use it on their jewelry,” he added.
The contents of the package which would cost a dealer about $750, could be cut repeatedly and the profits from that original investment soars.
But it certainly isn’t worth the health and legal troubles that tag along, and Bauknecht is confident that the power of the drug makes the user stand out remarkably.
“It has a devastating impact on the mind,” he said. Use of common sense seems to evaporate. Those users become easy to identify by law enforcement.
He urges all to attend the 11 a.m. program at the fairground’s Clover Room.
BATH SALTS—Langlade County drug enforcement officer Dan Bauknecht holds a handful of “bath salts,” a dangerous and addictive substance that has lashed the local population in recent months. Bauknecht will give a presentation on the substance, commonly marketed over the Internet as everything from bathing substances to jewelry cleaner, Saturday at 11 a.m. in the multi-purpose building at the Langlade County Fairgrounds.
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