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Bath Salts Abuse Pushes Hundreds More Maine Kids into Foster Care

Oct 23, 2012

In Maine, state officials are bracing for unexpected new costs in the foster care system as the number of parents abusing bath salts surges forcing morechildren into the program. In a recent monthly meeting with the Maine Appropriations Committee, Therese Cahill-Low, the director of the Office of Child and Family Services, announced that there were 200 more children in care today than a year ago.

While the costs were covered by unspent funds, Maine officials are worried that costs will continue to rise as the popularity of bath salts and other synthetic drugs increases. The effect of use on families has been severe neglect on the behalf of parents using the drug. Even though bath salts are illegal in Maine, it has become an epidemic in the state and nationwide. Unfortunately, the long-term effects of bath salts are unknown, so treatment is not established yet. Maine lawmakers are now looking to evaluate whether the foster care system is meeting the needs of the state.

Learn More: Bath Salts or Designer Cathinones (Synthetic Stimulants), Consequences of Drug Abuse, Signs of Drug Use

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Maine Public Broadcasting Network