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.
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.
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.
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.
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.