New Local Laws Could Help Stem Synthetic Drug Tide
It was just last week head shops across the country, like Tebb's in Watertown, were raided by federal agents. It was part of a crackdown on synthetic drugs like glass cleaner and bath salts.
Tebb's and Trip on the Wildside II, along with other shops throughout the state, have been sued by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
But these actions haven't seem to have solved the problem. Police say it hasn't yet trickled down to the users.
"Every shift that goes out is dealing with somebody that is using bath salts," Jefferson County Sheriff John Burns said.
In fact, President Obama has signed a ban on the drugs into a law, but even federal legislation hasn't slowed it down.
"We have people every day that are still using these substances," said Lewis County Sheriff Mike Carpinelli.
"It's creating a large tax upon the manpower of the department," Carpinelli said.
To help, officials in Jefferson and Lewis counties are drafting laws that would ban possession or sale of the drugs.
It's a law police in Lewis County say they will welcome with open arms.
"Finally, somehow we can put our teeth into this problem," Carpinelli said.
"It gives us a chance to take a bite out of crime, take a bite out of the dealers, and the local businesses that were selling it."
If all goes as planned, the law in Lewis County could be adopted as early as next week, with Jefferson County possibly following later this month.