2nd Annual Synthetic Drugs Symposium: The Abuse and Impact

Bath salts or designer drugs known on the street by a variety of different names will be the topic at the Second Annual Synthetics Drug Symposium on Thursday, April 24, 2014. The event is sponsored by the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA) and the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board (ADAMHS). 

 “The rate of bath salts has rapidly increased especially among young people,” said Helen Jones-Kelley, Executive Director of ADAMHS.  “The reality is that these so-called recreational drugs are dangerous, leading to addiction and a destructive pattern of dependency. “

Bath salts are a mixture of legal synthetic drugs, many of which are labeled “not for human consumption,” that are typically snorted, smoked or injected to give the user a high.  In 2011, the sale and use of bath salts was banned in Ohio after widespread abuse and confirmed deaths.

“There is no accepted medical use for bath salts, and there is no accepted safe use of them,” added Brian Bucklew, President and CEO of GDAHA.  “The results of ingesting these chemicals can cause cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, hallucinations and even death.  Users are simply playing chemical  Russian roulette.”

The free, half day training will be offered in two sessions: 8:00 a.m. – Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from experts from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations, the Attorney General’s Office, Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine and Miami Valley Hospital.  Individuals will gain new knowledge about what synthetic drugs of abuse are and the physiological impact on those who abuse them, in addition to law enforcement tactics designed to address the synthetic drug trade. 

To register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/second-annual-synthetics-symposium-tickets-10957713817?ref=estw%20%09C:/Users/crogge.ADAMHS57/Documents/Add-in%20Express

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