One Year Later - Bath Salts

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In 2012, bath salts were the latest enemy in the war on drugs in the north country.

"I've been doing this 30 years and we've never seen something come on so strongly, so quickly, with such disastrous effects as bath salts," said Bill Bowman of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council of Jefferson County.

The disastrous effects were all too common for police.

"We had anywhere close to ten calls a week. And I'm almost positive to say that might even be a low number," said Jefferson County Undersheriff Paul Trudeau.

But what a difference a year has made in the battle on bath salts and other synthetic drugs.

"A large decline, which is fantastic, we're glad to see that," said Lewis County Sheriff Mike Carpinelli.

So why have things gotten better?

Police say there's a lot of credit to pass around when it comes to slowing the bath salts problem.

"Multi-jurisdictional corporation between the state, local police departments, the county, along with your teachers, your parent getting involved," said Carpinelli.

A statewide crackdown along with raids on stores selling the drugs - like at Tebbs in Watertown - have helped too.

"People that are selling it realize that it's not just a law that's going to be on the books, it's a law that we're going to enforce," said Trudeau.

But bath salts haven't completely gone away.

"I'm not giving the impression that it's gone, because it's not. But it has decreased," said Trudeau.

For police, it's a rare victory in the war on drugs.

Now, it's on to the next enemy.

Monday, April 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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