ELLSWORTH — More law enforcement agencies are acquiring stun guns to help officers deal with suspects using the illegal drug known as bath salts.

Last week the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department got the go-ahead from county commissioners to acquire stun guns for its patrol officers, while the top police official in Lincoln is considering whether to ask the local Town Council for the same approval.

Bath salts were outlawed in Maine earlier this year.

Hancock County Sheriff Lt. Pat Kane says people using bath salts have shown less sensitivity to pain and unusual surges of strength.

The Bangor Daily News says Hancock County commissioners granted a request from the Sheriff’s Department to spend $12,600 on eight new stun guns.