bath salts http://wrvo.org en Stricter ban and penalties proposed on synthetic drugs http://wrvo.org/post/stricter-ban-and-penalties-proposed-synthetic-drugs <p>New York lawmakers have introduced new legislation to expand the ban on synthetic drugs and increase penalties in the state by addressing the mislabeling and chemical swapping of the drugs.</p><p>Synthetic drugs, often known as "bath salts" and sold under various other names, in New York have been <a href="http://www.wrvo.org/post/new-state-regulations-bath-salts-announced" target="_blank">banned since August last year</a> following multiple cases of violent overdoses.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 11:36:08 +0000 Charles Gichane 38607 at http://wrvo.org Stricter ban and penalties proposed on synthetic drugs Lawmakers say weekend budget session increasingly likely http://wrvo.org/post/lawmakers-say-weekend-budget-session-increasingly-likely <p>The New York state budget is crawling to a conclusion, as legislative leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo continue closed door meetings to try to strike a final deal. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:35:33 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35009 at http://wrvo.org New designer drug makes an appearance in upstate New York http://wrvo.org/post/new-designer-drug-makes-appearance-upstate-new-york <p>Now that the abuse of the designer drug bath salts seems to be easing, scientists are warning of a new chemical cocktail. The drug called "smiles" has started making an appearance in upstate New York.</p><p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:21:06 +0000 Ellen Abbott 27519 at http://wrvo.org Oneida County bath salts use down, but drugs still a problem http://wrvo.org/post/oneida-county-bath-salts-use-down-drugs-still-problem <p>The use of synthetic drugs like bath salts became a growing health and law enforcement problem in upstate New York this summer.&nbsp; Wednesday, the public had a chance to learn more about this latest trend in drug abuse at a forum in Utica. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 13:40:16 +0000 Luke Tubia 26299 at http://wrvo.org Police, hospital say bath salts drug cases down in Watertown area http://wrvo.org/post/police-hospital-say-bath-salts-drug-cases-down-watertown-area <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none">This summer, the synthetic drugs known as bath salts alarmed emergency responders all over upstate New York, including in Jefferson County. In Watertown, they dealt with unstable, violent users several times a day. But lawmakers and law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels have been responding with crackdowns on the drugs. Now, both police and hospital officials in Watertown say cases are down sharply.&nbsp; Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:04:32 +0000 Joanna Richards 26024 at http://wrvo.org New York counties want state to take more action against bath salts http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-counties-want-state-take-more-action-against-bath-salts <p>County governments want New York state to take a tougher stand on bath salts.&nbsp; The Association of Counties, meeting this week in Syracuse, is calling for a state law to criminalize the synthetic drug. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:51:18 +0000 Ellen Abbott 25966 at http://wrvo.org Will back to school bring more bath salts use? http://wrvo.org/post/will-back-school-bring-more-bath-salts-use <p>The abuse of the designer drug called "bath salts" came of age this summer, with violent episodes from abusers reported by police and medical professionals across central New York.</p><p>Some authorities are worried about what happens next, when universities and schools go back into session. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 14:01:05 +0000 Ellen Abbott 24710 at http://wrvo.org Will back to school bring more bath salts use? Green Party candidate says more bath salts laws are not the way to go http://wrvo.org/post/green-party-candidate-says-more-bath-salts-laws-are-not-way-go <p>While local governments, the state of New York, and the federal government continue to work to make the sale and possession of designer drugs like bath salts illegal, there&#39;s one politician who says this is the wrong way to deal with the crisis. The 24th congressional district Green Party candidate predicts the moves will all backfire.</p><p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 13:39:43 +0000 Ellen Abbott 24323 at http://wrvo.org Green Party candidate says more bath salts laws are not the way to go Local officials welcome state regulations on bath salts http://wrvo.org/post/local-officials-welcome-state-regulations-bath-salts <p>The New York State Department of Health regulations outlawing&nbsp; bath salts in New York state come on the heels of several local laws banning the designer drug.&nbsp; The new regulations were announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday, but there could be more laws coming down the road.<br />&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 20:04:59 +0000 Ellen Abbott 23945 at http://wrvo.org New state regulations on "bath salts" announced http://wrvo.org/post/new-state-regulations-bath-salts-announced <p>The war on bath salts in New York state has some new tools.&nbsp; Newly announced state Department of Health regulations mean tougher penalties and more local involvement in prosecuting those who sell or possess the substances.<br /> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 12:59:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 23909 at http://wrvo.org New state regulations on "bath salts" announced Lewis County to consider synthetic drug ban http://wrvo.org/post/lewis-county-consider-synthetic-drug-ban <p>Like many other local governments in New York responding to the bizarre behavior of people using the drugs known as &ldquo;bath salts,&rdquo; Lewis County is considering a ban on many of the compounds used in synthetic drugs.</p><p>The ban would outlaw bath salts and synthetic marijuana, sold under the brand names Spice and K2, among others. Mon, 06 Aug 2012 14:22:28 +0000 Joanna Richards 23696 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse passes bath salts ban http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-passes-bath-salts-ban <p>Syracuse is the latest community in New York state that has banned bath salts and other synthetic drugs.&nbsp; Legislators are taking a two-pronged approach to fight the substances, that can cause violent and unpredictable behavior among abusers.<br /><br /> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:07:20 +0000 Ellen Abbott 23423 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse passes bath salts ban Community meetings take aim at “bath salts” drugs http://wrvo.org/post/community-meetings-take-aim-bath-salts-drugs <p>Community meetings are popping up as fast as the bizarre stories surrounding a drug known as bath salts or glass cleaner. The drugs are sold in head shops and convenience stores &ndash; they are not typical bath products or window cleaners. Three meetings in Jefferson County this week aimed to address the growing drug problem.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:30:35 +0000 Joanna Richards 23233 at http://wrvo.org Community meetings take aim at “bath salts” drugs Nationwide police action targets synthetic drug makers, sellers; Watertown, Syracuse shops raided http://wrvo.org/post/nationwide-police-action-targets-synthetic-drug-makers-sellers-watertown-syracuse-shops-raided <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-weight: normal">A first-ever nationwide raid on the synthetic drug industry was conducted yesterday, and hit stores in Watertown, Syracuse and around the area. The raid follows a new federal law that bans many of the chemical compounds used to make synthetic drugs like bath salts.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-weight: normal"><br /> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:32:19 +0000 Joanna Richards 23214 at http://wrvo.org Community looks for answers on bath salts http://wrvo.org/post/community-looks-answers-bath-salts <p>The misuse of the synthetic drug known as &quot;bath salts&quot; continues to plague upstate New York. A community forum on bath salts last week aimed to unite the people who deal with the effects of the drug, and come away with a plan to fight it.<br /> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 13:22:34 +0000 Ellen Abbott 22990 at http://wrvo.org Bath salts forum to be held in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/bath-salts-forum-be-held-syracuse <p>There&#39;s a high level of anxiety among emergency responders in central New York when it comes to dealing with users of of the designer drugs known as bath salts.&nbsp; That&#39;s why the Upstate New York Poison Center is sponsoring a forum Friday with experts to explain what a bath salts user does, and why.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 13:24:58 +0000 Ellen Abbott 22609 at http://wrvo.org Senator Schumer on federal bath salts ban http://wrvo.org/post/senator-schumer-federal-bath-salts-ban <p>The market for a drug that has exploded onto the scene this year could soon be closed.&nbsp; Federal legislation could help lead to the end of bath salts, synthetic marijuana and other synthetic hallucinogens on the streets today.<br /><br />US Senator Charles Schumer expects President Obama to sign the legislation that bans bath salts and other deadly synthetic substances.&nbsp; It&#39;s already passed the Senate and the House.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 19:57:43 +0000 Ellen Abbott 22001 at http://wrvo.org Senator Schumer on federal bath salts ban Bath salts: Complaints and calls on the rise http://wrvo.org/post/bath-salts-complaints-and-calls-rise <p>The misuse of the designer drug called bath salts continues to be in the news as the number of complaints about the drug is on the rise.</p><p>The death of a Munnsville woman is the latest central New York case involving the suspected use of the man-made drugs.</p><p>In all of 2011, there were 118 calls to the Upstate Poison Control Center about bath salts. This year there have been 141 so far.</p><p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 13:45:29 +0000 Ellen Abbott 20992 at http://wrvo.org Bath salts: Complaints and calls on the rise