Local Mental Health Specialist Warns of Bath Salts

By Bryan Navarro

MEDFORD, Ore. — A local mental health specialist says the danger of the drug referred “bath salts” in the Rogue Valley is real and is happening now.

More than a 100 doctors, officers, and community members showed up to hear about the prevalence of the drug, how to recognize it, and how to treat it.

People on bath salts typically have self-inflicted wounds and need to be restrained, but the drug is not traceable in urine. Doctor James Hammel says RVMC treated a man who lit himself on fire as recently as Sunday; Doctors believe he was on bath salts.

Dr. Hammel says there have been great steps forward in the past six months, making the drug illegal and igniting public conversation about its dangers.