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Course Details

Responding to Patients Abusing Bath Salts


“Bath salts” is the street name for a number of illicit drugs that contain cathinones. They look similar to epsom salts and have effects similar to cocaine and amphetamines. Use in Maine has increased dramatically over the past two years, first in the Penobscot County region, then spreading eastern and southward. Because of the significant medical morbidity and collateral damage inflicted by impaired bath salt users, healthcare providers. Emergency first responders, law enforcement, and clergy require the most up-to-date evidence-based review of bath salt use, its emergency management, and prevention strategies.

This webinar is not for credit.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

-Review the epidemiology and demographics of bath salt use, including risk factors.
-Discuss teamwork strategies to minimize morbidity and maximize the safe management of acute bath salt intoxication.
-Describe the acute and chronic behavioral and physical effects of bath salt use.
-Review effective treatment modalities for acute bath salt intoxication.

Target Audience

This activity is designed specifically for healthcare providers in clinical settings.

CME Information

Original Release Date: September 11, 2012
Latest Review: Tristan L. Gorrindo, MD on September 26, 2013
Expiration Date: January 5, 2019

Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure
It is the policy of McLean Hospital that faculty and providers disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity. McLean Hospital has established policies in place that identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity.

Planner Disclosures

The following planners of this activity have indicated that neither they nor their spouse/partner have a relevant financial relationship to disclose:

John A. Fromson, MD

Tristan Gorrindo, MD

Anan Nathif, EdM

Speaker Disclosures

The following speakers of this activity have indicated that neither they nor their spouse/partner have a relevant financial relationship to disclose:

Jonnathon Busko, MD

Ronald Gastia

Anthony T. Ng, MD

Shawn Yardley

Hardware/Software Specifications: 

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:
Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+
Browser: Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 4.0+, or Google Chrome 7.0+
Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+
Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:
Windows PC:
500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera
Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit