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"Bath Salts" and Synthetic Drug Training session to be held for First Responders

By LEXIE O'CONNOR

MARCY, N.Y. (WKTV) - On Tuesday, July 10, the Maynard Fire Department will hold a "Bath Salts" and Synthetic Drug Use Training Session at their fire house to inform local first responders on how to handle patients that may be high on bath salts.

Maynard Fire Chief Joe Mack says that the new drugs are bringing about erratic behavior, paranoia and bizarre scenes that many first responders have never dealt with before.

"It's bizarre, because they get very paranoid. You don't really know what they're going to do because I don't think they know what they're going to do," said Maynard Fire Chief Joe Mack.

The training session will bring state and local police agencies, toxicologists, and medical professionals together to explain to local first responders the best ways to control patients that may be on the new drugs and stay safe.

"It'll be education for us. We haven't really had any formal education on this yet, just what we've done between ourselves talking and sharing if you dealt with a bath salts case, how did the person react stuff like that," said Chief Mack.

Chief Mack hopes the training session will better prepare those first on the scene of the calls they're hearing more and more.

"It's out there, so people are saying somebody's acting erratic, somebody's running around in their underwear, that's (someone high on bath salts) probably one of the first things that pops into someone's mind where six months ago, you probably never would have thought of such a thing," said Chief Mack. "You would've thought they were mentally disturbed or intoxicated but we never would have thought of this."

The training session will be streamed live over the internet for first responders unable to attend the event.

For more information, you can call the Maynard Fire Department at 315-732-8181.

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