synthetic drugs en Oswego County mother takes head shop owner to court <p></p><p>An Oswego County mother is taking a local head shop to court following her son's death after smoking synthetic marijuana he allegedly bought from the store.<br /><br />Teresa Woolson, whose 19-year-old son, Victor, drowned in Lake Ontario after smoking a form of synthetic marijuana, wants the shop's owner, the drug manufacturer and the distributor held accountable.<br /><br />In August 2012, Victor Woolson drowned in the lake soon after smoking "K-2 Avalanche," a form of synthetic marijuana he apparently bought from Xtreme Underground.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:59:59 +0000 Gino Geruntino 51519 at Oneida County bath salts use down, but drugs still a 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 Will back to 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 Will back to school bring more bath salts use? Lewis County to 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 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 Syracuse passes bath salts ban Community looks for answers on 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 Senator Schumer on 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 Senator Schumer on federal bath salts ban