bath salts

7:36am

Wed May 29, 2013
Health

Stricter ban and penalties proposed on synthetic drugs

Lee Livermore, Public Education Coordinator at the Upstate Posion Control Center, holds up new brands of synthetic drugs.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

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.

Synthetic drugs, often known as "bath salts" and sold under various other names, in New York have been banned since August last year following multiple cases of violent overdoses.

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7:35am

Wed March 20, 2013
Politics and Government

Lawmakers say weekend budget session increasingly likely

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.

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10:21am

Mon October 15, 2012
Health

New designer drug makes an appearance in upstate New York

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.

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9:40am

Thu September 20, 2012
Regional Coverage

Oneida County bath salts use down, but drugs still a problem

The use of synthetic drugs like bath salts became a growing health and law enforcement problem in upstate New York this summer.  Wednesday, the public had a chance to learn more about this latest trend in drug abuse at a forum in Utica.

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4:04pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Regional Coverage

Police, hospital say bath salts drug cases down in Watertown area

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. 

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3:51pm

Thu September 13, 2012
Politics and Government

New York counties want state to take more action against bath salts

County governments want New York state to take a tougher stand on bath salts.  The Association of Counties, meeting this week in Syracuse, is calling for a state law to criminalize the synthetic drug.

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10:01am

Tue August 21, 2012
Regional Coverage

Will back to school bring more bath salts use?

Raquel Baranow Flickr

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.

Some authorities are worried about what happens next, when universities and schools go back into session.

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9:39am

Tue August 14, 2012
Regional Coverage

Green Party candidate says more bath salts laws are not the way to go

Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum speaking earlier this year in downtown Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

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'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.

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4:04pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Regional Coverage

Local officials welcome state regulations on bath salts

The New York State Department of Health regulations outlawing  bath salts in New York state come on the heels of several local laws banning the designer drug.  The new regulations were announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday, but there could be more laws coming down the road.
 

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8:59am

Wed August 8, 2012
Regional Coverage

New state regulations on "bath salts" announced

Ellen Abbott WRVO

The war on bath salts in New York state has some new tools.  Newly announced state Department of Health regulations mean tougher penalties and more local involvement in prosecuting those who sell or possess the substances.

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10:22am

Mon August 6, 2012
Regional Coverage

Lewis County to consider synthetic drug ban

Like many other local governments in New York responding to the bizarre behavior of people using the drugs known as “bath salts,” Lewis County is considering a ban on many of the compounds used in synthetic drugs.

The ban would outlaw bath salts and synthetic marijuana, sold under the brand names Spice and K2, among others.

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9:07am

Tue July 31, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse passes bath salts ban

Ellen Abbott WRVO

Syracuse is the latest community in New York state that has banned bath salts and other synthetic drugs.  Legislators are taking a two-pronged approach to fight the substances, that can cause violent and unpredictable behavior among abusers.

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8:30am

Fri July 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

Community meetings take aim at “bath salts” drugs

Jefferson County Sheriff's Detective David Pustizzi speaks to dozens of community members gathered at South Jefferson High School in Adams on Wednesday.

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 – they are not typical bath products or window cleaners. Three meetings in Jefferson County this week aimed to address the growing drug problem.

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4:32pm

Thu July 26, 2012
Regional Coverage

Nationwide police action targets synthetic drug makers, sellers; Watertown, Syracuse shops raided

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.

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9:22am

Mon July 23, 2012
Regional Coverage

Community looks for answers on bath salts

  • Audio from Ellen Abbott's story on the bath salts forum held in Syracuse.

The misuse of the synthetic drug known as "bath salts" 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.

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9:24am

Mon July 16, 2012
Regional Coverage

Bath salts forum to be held in Syracuse

There'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.  That'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.

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3:57pm

Tue July 3, 2012
Regional Coverage

Senator Schumer on federal bath salts ban

US Senator Charles Schumer speaking on legislation to ban bath salts and other similar substances.
Ellen Abbott WRVO File

The market for a drug that has exploded onto the scene this year could soon be closed.  Federal legislation could help lead to the end of bath salts, synthetic marijuana and other synthetic hallucinogens on the streets today.

US Senator Charles Schumer expects President Obama to sign the legislation that bans bath salts and other deadly synthetic substances.  It's already passed the Senate and the House.

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9:45am

Fri June 15, 2012
Health

Bath salts: Complaints and calls on the rise

Ellen Abbott WRVO

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.

The death of a Munnsville woman is the latest central New York case involving the suspected use of the man-made drugs.

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.

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