By ALEXANDER GABRIEL, Associated PressPORTLAND, Ore.
(AP) The Portland-based company that owns Boldo and another Portland-area health care providers says it will not sell a mask to any Portlanders who use herbal medicine.
The company, which also owns the Portland Clinic, says it is investigating the matter.
Boldo spokeswoman Jennifer Lipp said in a statement Thursday the company is reviewing the allegations, but has not decided whether to take legal action against any of the people involved.
“The Boldo family is committed to providing an outstanding health care experience to our patients and residents, and we will continue to take action to address any and all issues related to the mask and its use,” she said.
The mask, which is manufactured by Portland- based Balsam & Hart and is made from a variety of plants, includes the bark of a shrub, a rose plant, the leaves of a sagebrush and the flowers of a rose.
Beside the mask is a plastic bag to seal the mask, and a rubber glove for applying it.
The suit said one of the masks’ makers, Michael F. Ketchum, had previously told Portland police he intended to give the masks to someone who was addicted to herbal medicines.