Examining new NYC bill that willl ban sales of K2

Mayor de Blasio is taking a major step towards keeping synthetic marijuana off the streets.

On Tuesday, he signed a bill that bans the sale of the dangerous drug also known as “K2” or “Spice.”

Over the summer alone, 2,000 people were admitted to the ER after using the drug, bringing the total close to 45,000 hospital cases for the year.

Will this new bill finally get K2 off the streets, or will it just cause a higher demand?

Councilwoman of the 16th District, Vanessa Gibson and CEO of Chemical Dependency Services Warren Zysman join us in the studio.

Spice Is Vice: Mayor Passes New Laws Aimed at Ending ‘Plague of K2′

Mayor Passes New Laws Aimed at Ending ‘Plague of K2′

The Mayor signed a series of laws today criminalizing K2, part of the City’s continuing effort to crack down on the use and sale of synthetic marijuana. The drug, which Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bratton both referred to as “poison,” is a liquid substance manufacturers spray on herbs. It has been marketed as incense, spice and, perhaps the most hilarious departure from its actual use, bath salts.

The new laws expand upon New York State’s existing ban on K2 (in place since 2012) by making it a crime to manufacture, possess with intent to sell, and sell K2 and all chemically-related imitation substances. The misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in jail, fines, as well as civil action by the City. Until now, manufacturers have managed to stay one step ahead of law enforcement and legislation efforts to prohibit the drug by changing the compound just slightly.

The City Council unanimously passed the same bills at the end of September, but with the Mayor’s approval criminalization will become effective in 60 days. Last week, City Council Member Antonio Reynosoconvened a neighborhood task force for a press conference at the intersection of Myrtle and Broadway in Bushwick. The area was deemed a problem spot after local authorities received a number of K2-related complaints from neighbors and local businesses. Reynoso referred to the intersection as an “eyesore,” underscoring the completion of a week-long series of minor beautification efforts that are part of a holistic response to the “K2 epidemic.”

“This is solution-oriented work, this is about finding out what problems people have— so you’re on K2, we’re going to try to find out ways to take care of you, what solutions there are for recovery. If you’re homeless, we’re bringing DHS out, so DHS can deal with that issue. If you’re selling K2 illegally, yes, you’re going to get fined– that’s very important,” Reynoso told B+B after the public meeting.

The new laws are in keeping with Reynoso’s conviction that punishing people at the user level will only exacerbate the K2 problem and make things worse for people abusing the substance. (Many of those users, according to to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are homeless or mentally ill; the drug has also been linked to a dramatic increase in emergency room visits since January). In fact, one of the three laws, Intro 917-A, specifically outlines that anyone who is not selling, making, or otherwise distributing or advertising the drug be shielded from prosecution.

“These laws do not punish the individual who is held in the grip of this toxic drug — we understand that some of the people who use this drug are the most vulnerable in our city,” de Blasio told the crowd at today’s press conference.

The Myrtle - Broadway area has also been hit hard by K2 (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Another law included in the package makes anti-K2 efforts applicable under the city’s Nuisance Abatement Laws, meaning the City will now have the power to sue businesses into oblivion if they’re found repeatedly selling or manufacturing the substance.

At today’s press conference, the Mayor invoked charged language reminiscent of rhetoric used by authorities during the crack epidemic. He referred to the “plague of K2″ as a “new menace” that has caused immense harm and listed off a variety of busts carried out by the NYPD in partnership with the DEA, part of a “vigorous set of actions” already taken by the City in an effort to get rid of the drug.

The Mayor said the laws signed today are the “next step” in eradicating the K2 epidemic which neighborhoods like the East Village and East Harlem have bore the brunt of. He also took the opportunity to flatter the NYPD by warning manufacturers and would-be dealers that they will “now come up against the greatest police force in the world that will be empowered […] to act more aggressively.”

Interestingly, 917-A also criminalizes the manufacture, sale, and possession with intent to sell of phenethylamines, a class of drugs that include substances known as “designer drugs” such as 2C-B and 2C-I, which are taken for their hallucinatory effects similar to psychedelics like LSD (well, “similar” as in how a raging fire and fireworks are related).

“This has taken a toll on too many New Yorkers and too many communities already. It’s something we haven’t seen the likes of in the past and it was crucial before this trend got any worse to act decisively,” de Blasio said at the press conference. “We’re getting K2 off our streets and out of the hands of New Yorkers before it causes more harm to our city.”

TPD raids gas station, arrests three for distributing K2 police say caused 19 possible overdoses


The raid of a Tulsa convenience store leads to three arrests for the distribution of K2 that police say caused multiple overdoses Tuesday.

The owner of Phillips 66 at 11th and Fulton, Abdurrahim Rahim, was arrested at the store Tuesday night.

Police say they’ve been able to link the K2 that’s caused 19 possible overdoses to his store.

Rahim is the third person taken into custody.

TPD also arrested Bamph Hunter, 29, who they say is the main suspect in this case. Thomas Collishaw, 21, was also arrested.

Investigators say they are working on another warrant for a fourth person involved with the drugs.

Tulsa Police say this K2 is known as Pink Bubble Gum.

And they say it was distributed for free to the nine who overdosed outside of Iron Gate, a downtown soup kitchen.

Investigators say the dealers gave it away to the homeless as a tactic to get them addicted.

“Not only is it illegal but it’s illegal for a reason. It does have damaging effects. They’re just not quiet sure, the medical field, from my understanding, they’re just not sure the total damage this can cause, (be)cause it’s so new,” said Tulsa Fire Department Captain Jerry Benefield.

According to WebMD.com, K2 is described as a “synthetic marijuana.” The description goes on to say that it contains man-made chemicals being sprayed on leaves that “can be smoked.”

TPD says this Pink Bubble Gum is the most potent K2 they have ever seen.

‘Synthetic’ marijuana definition fought in court

WEST CHESTER — A Montgomery County man is challenging the law banning the sale of synthetic marijuana, saying that it is so vague that a common sense reading would confuse people as to what substances are illegal and what are not.

In a motion to dismiss the criminal charges against him, Amrish Patel of King of Prussia said that a 2011 law banning the sale of “bath salts” and synthetic marijuana was amended to include substances that cover a wide range of properties, some which might not fit the type of drug legislators wanted to criminalize.

The law that became effective in August 2011 includes the term “synthetic cannabinoids” along with other banned substances. But that term, criminal defense attorney Joseph P. Green Jr. of West Chester wrote in Patel’s motion, is “irremediably vague and without content.”

“The version (of the law) enacted is substantially more vague than the version originally proposed,” Green wrote in the motion. “During the legislative process, the term ‘synthetic cannabinoids’ lost all definition and content. In the scientific community, ‘synthetic cannabinoids’ can include many different types of substances, and people of reasonable intelligence have no way of knowing whether any unlisted substance will be considered to be a synthetic cannabinoid.”

The motion said that some products such as over-the-counter pain reliever acetaminophen have similar properties to those listed as synthetic cannabinoids in the legislation.

“The legislature likely could have accomplished its stated objective to prohibit possession of designer marijuana by enacting specific legislation incorporating the available descriptions of the … types of chemical substitutions that alter the original chemical structure of marijuana,” the motion states.

Synthetic marijuana, in products known as “Spice,” “K2” and the products Patel is accused of having for sale at his Sadsbury convenience store – “Bossman” and “Cloud 9” – came to public attention in 2011 after a series of incidents in which users became ill or emotionally unstable.

Designer Drug and Oral Fluid Compendiums

SANTA CLARA, CALIF. — Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced new application compendiums on designer drug testing and toxicology of oral fluids.

Also available is an expanded GC/MS Designer Drug Library. The only resource of its kind, this searchable library includes designer stimulants that are often marketed as “bath salts” as well as additional cannabinoid compounds.

In tandem with the release of these new resources, Agilent is sponsoring monthly webinars featuring industry experts who will discuss new LC/MS and MS applications for forensic detection and analysis of designer drugs and metabolites.

“Designer drugs—especially bath salts—continue to make headlines across the country,” said Tom Gluodenis, Agilent’s global marketing manager of Forensics and Toxicology. “The important resources we’re introducing today, used in collaboration with our specialized GC/MS laboratory technologies, provide forensic practitioners, crime laboratories, and federal workplace drug-testing programs with cost-effective, end-to-end solutions for designer drug screening and analysis.”

Designer drugs are formulated to get around existing definitions of illicit compounds. Once difficult to trace, these substances can now be quickly identified and analyzed using Agilent’s GC/MS technologies.

Agilent’s expanded application compendium, “Identification of Synthetic Cannabinoids in Herbal Incense Blends by GC/MS,” contains information on 45 cannabinoids and describes how to facilitate rapid screening and identification of these marijuana-like compounds. A companion compendium, “Analysis of Designer Stimulants by GC/MS,” describes the analysis of 30 stimulants.

Agilent developed these compendiums, and the expanded GC/MS Designer Drug Library, in collaboration with NMS Labs.

Screening oral fluid is an accurate and effective alternative to screening urine or blood. It provides many collection advantages, and samples can be more easily analyzed using highly sensitive enzyme immunoassays and LC-MS/MS instrumentation. Agilent’s updated oral fluid compendium, “Drugs and Metabolites in Oral Fluid: Immunoassay Screening and LC/MS/MS Confirmation and Quantification,” is a comprehensive treatise on the detection of drugs of abuse in oral fluid, covering 100 drugs in 11 classes.

The compendium includes information on sample collection and preparation, immunoassay screening and LC/QQQ confirmation. It also reflects changes to the mandatory guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs, and contains protocols for all the newly recommended Schedule II prescription medications. Agilent developed the compendium in collaboration with Immunalysis Corp.

To download the application compendium “Drugs and Metabolites in Oral Fluid,” visit Agilent’s Forensics & Toxicology website.

Webinar Series for Forensic Practitioners

Throughout the year, Agilent will sponsor a monthly online educational series focusing on the analysis of designer drugs and drugs of abuse. Hosted by RTI International’s online education service on http://www.ForensicEd.org, the webinars listed below will also be available for replay following the live events. Additional webinars will be announced at a later date.

Comprehensive Workflow for Screening and Confirmation of Drugs in Oral Fluids, now accessible for replay at Forensic Science Education: Dr. Christine Moore of Immunalysis Corp. discusses designer drug compendiums, oral fluids sample collection, preparation, drug extraction, immunoassay screening and LC/QQQ confirmation equipment.

LC/QQQ Screening for 300 Designer Drugs and Metabolites, Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. EST: Dr. Tony DiCaprio of Florida International University’s Forensic Science Institute will describe current work focusing on the development of LC-QQQ-MS/MS-based methods for rapid screening of designer drugs in forensic analysis.

GC/MS and GC/QQQ Screening for 300 Designer Drugs and Metabolites, Thursday, April 18 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. EST: Dr. Jose Almirall, also of Florida International University’s Forensic Science Institute, will focus on the expanded Designer Drug Library that FIU has developed in partnership with Agilent; discussion will also focus on the entire workflow for effective and rapid screening of designer drugs.

Webinar co-sponsor RTI International is the Center of Excellence for the United States National Institute of Justice. The upcoming webinars are part of RTI’s specialized forensic education service, which provides online forensic science training and continuing education courses to practitioners in forensic science, law enforcement, medico-legal death investigation and forensic toxicology.

About NMS Labs

NMS Labs (www.nmslabs.com) based in Willow Grove, Pa., is the nation’s premiere independent clinical toxicology and diagnostic laboratory, backed by a comprehensive list of accreditations and a team of more than 200 scientific staff. A national reference laboratory, it offers more than 2,500 assays that test for commonly abused and therapeutic drugs, environmental agents, metals and more.

About Immunalysis Corporation

Immunalysis Corporation (www.immunalysis.com) develops, manufactures and markets immunoassay reagents for the screening of drugs of abuse and other small molecules in a variety of biological matrices. The company draws upon its expertise in organic chemistry, immunology, biochemistry, assay development and quality control to supply immunoassay reagents and validated automation options. This combination provides forensic toxicologists with powerful complete drug screening solutions to meet the challenges demanded by alternative matrices.

Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2013/02/04/4592640/agilent-technologies-introduces.html#storylink=cpy

Experts urge ‘herbal incense’ ban

The Government is being urged by its drugs experts to ban a potent legal high called Annihilation.
The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) said it would recommend Home Secretary Theresa May put the product – marketed as a “herbal incense” – on the list of controlled substances.
It comes after police in Scotland last week warned against Annihilation use, saying it had left at least nine people in hospital over the last three months.
ACMD chair Professor Les Iversen told a meeting that the public body was “ahead of the game” with regards to Annihilation and had determined that it was made from a synthetic form of cannabis.

He said: “Annihilation is a relatively new substance and product and the evidence for its prevalence and harms is still very preliminary. However, there have been reports, particularly from Glasgow, of young people reacting very unfavourably to this product, becoming severely agitated and over-stimulated.”
Annihilation can cause a number of adverse health effects including paranoia, aggression, increased heart rate, unconsciousness, self-harming and numbness in the legs leading users to collapse.
The ACMD has also warned that there is an increasing need to educate the public over “potentially lethal” inhalation of gases such as helium and nitrous oxide. Helium inhalation caused two deaths in 2007 but over the last year has been responsible for 42 fatalities, the meeting in central London heard.
“Laughing gas” nitrous oxide, which is legal and widely available but requires a medical licence to be dispensed, is used as an anaesthetic gas and in the production of whipped cream.
Asked about how the gas was being consumed for recreational purposes, Prof Iversen said: “It is quite easy to open a canister and fill a balloon – for example, at Glastonbury music festival a couple of years ago there were lots of yellow balloons containing nitrous oxide which were being sold and inhaled from the balloons.”
The Government will also be advised to provide aluminium foil to heroin users to encourage them to smoke rather than inject the drug. This would reduce the transmission of viral and bacterial disease and reduce the burden on the NHS related to recreational drug injection, Prof Iversen added.

Ban On Sale Of Synthetic Drug spice

A 17-year-old urges people not to smoke it.

Calls for a ban on the sale of synthetic drugs known as “spice” is a good idea, according to one downtown Frederick merchant. Mary Jean Clark, is the owner of a tea shop along North Market Street called “Viola.” She says has seen large numbers of people come up to “Classic Cigars and British Goodies” to purchase this stuff. “Cars from all the surrounding states will be pulling up,” she says. “It’s like a quick drive-in window type of thing, where they park illegally, run into the store, buy it and run out. The cars are full. Sometimes there are babies in the backs of these cars. It’s just tragic what you see going on.”

“Classic Cigars and British Goodies” sells this material as potpourri, but its sale is limited to persons 18 and older. “However, if you stand in the middle of my store, which is two doors down, you watch transactions go down. You watch younger kids paying older kids to go in. It looks like drug deals,” Clark says.

She also says she’s seen kids using it, and then getting violently ill. “Well, they’re vomiting on the streets. They’re going into seizures,” she says.

As a result of this activity, Clark says she’s looking at her options, and may move out of the downtown.

Richard, a 17-year-old who did not want to give his last name, had a bad experience smoking “spice.” In March, 2011, he, his younger brother and a cousin tried this product, and he says they almost died. “All of three of us were sitting there on the couch. My little brother is puking. Our hearts are beating so fast we can see them, and it feels like they’re about to jump out of our throats. We thought we were about the die, literally,” he says. Richard also says all three of them were hallucinating.

Richard says he called Poison Control. “I wanted to see if we could sober up before she {his mother} got home,” he says. But, he says, Poison Control told him to call 911 before he went into cardiac arrest or had a heart attack.

Richard says it took a while for the affects of “spice” to wear off.

Clark says she’s heard similar stories from parents about their children using “spice,” especially at a recent community meeting with the Frederick Police Department. “One parent was struggling. Their child had been in trouble had been on probation, and said,you know, ‘nanny, nanny boo-boo! I’m going to do this!’ It’s legal, and they can’t test it in drug testing. Their kids are having adverse reactions, behavioral issues now,” she says.

Richard, who has not smoked “spice” since that day he had a bad reaction, says the product is available among high school students. “It’s pretty prevalent now. You’ll see it a lot with a lot of people that usually they can’t find real marijuana, and they don’t have anything else. So, this stuff seems so much easier to get,” he says.

Richard also talks to young people, urging them not to try “spice.” “Just take it for me. It can affect you negatively, and it can kill you,” he says.

The Town of Thurmont is considering an ordinance to ban the sale of this stuff, and some parents in Frederick want city officials to do the same. While some people may say that drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes kill more people than “spice,” Clark doesn’t agree with that comparison. “Alcohol and tobacco are long term use affects. They are addictive substances. They’re regulated; they’re heavily taxed. This product is not heavily taxed,” she says.

Clark says she would like to see this product banned, or heavily taxed and regulated.

Read more: http://www.wfmd.com/pages/localnews2.html?feed=119935&article=10485879#ixzz29hKiqt1d

TROY, NY – The …

TROY, NY – The Rensselaer County Legislature approved a county law prohibiting the sale of the potentially dangerous substance known as bath salts at the October 9 legislative meeting, Legislators Harry Tutunjian and Hank Bauer announced.

Bath salts have been linked to several violent crimes and deadly incidents across the country. The county law would make it illegal for bath salts to be sold in the county by individuals, markets or even Internet companies.

The two lawmakers, who represent Troy, said the new local law will expand the ability of law enforcement to combat the sale, distribution and use of the drug. Rensselaer County is the latest in a series of counties and municipalities to pass a law banning the sale of bath salts.

Both Tutunjian and Bauer said they would still like to see the state draft and approve a more comprehensive law banning the sale of bath salts.

Bath salts are similar to powdered synthetic cocaine and produce an effect similar to a hallucinogenic. The white crystals bath salts resemble legal bathing and cleaning products like Epsom salts, and have packaging that attempt to avoid the prohibitions against illegal drugs.

Spice forum in Hoover

HOOVER, Ala (WIAT) – Spice was taken off the streets and made illegal in 2011. But just because it’s no longer legal doesn’t mean it’s gone.

That was the topic at a forum at Simmons Middle School in Hoover Tuesday night. Lt. Mike Reese, an investigator with the Alabama ABC Board, says since the criminalization of the drug it’s gone underground like all other illicit narcotics.

But this isn’t just a law enforcement problem. For some it’s a life and death issue. Steve Murphree’s son Brandon killed himself July 3, 2011. Murphree says it was the hallucinations caused by the drug that drove his son to shoot himself.

The dangers have been made clear, so what is the draw. What is it that makes Spice attractive. One former user says it’s the high. 17 year old Zachary Higginbotham says it’s a very different high than marijuana – something similar to the high from using inhalants.

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