Orleans seeks meaningful state legislation to outlaw bath salts

ALBION — In August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state would ban the sale and possession of bath salts and other designer synthetic drugs.
Violators of the new law face fines up to $500 and up to 15 days in jail. Orleans County legislators last week called on the governor and state to do more in the crackdown against synthetic drugs, which stimulate the body’s central nervous system, with effects similar to cocaine and amphetamines.

Bath salts haven’t been a big issue in Orleans County yet, but Chuck Nesbitt, the county’s chief administrative officer, said the drugs have wreaked havoc in other nearby communities.
Legislators called on the governor and state Legislature to immediately pass further “meaningful and effective legislation” that would criminalize the manufacture, sales, distribution and possession of synthetic drugs “and their future derivatives.”
Orleans officials also pressed the governor and State Legislature to give counties the resources to develop public education, prevention and treatment service programs related to synthetic drugs.

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