Leaders push for bath salts legislation
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TIOGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- As concern over synthetic drugs, known as bath salts, spreads across the state, local governments continue to take action.
Tioga County joined the fight against bath salts on Tuesday by unanimously passing a resolution that urges the state and federal government to ban the manufacture, distribution, sale and possession of dangerous unregulated synthetic drugs.
The legislation, which will be sent to Cuomo's office, urges the Governor to pass state-wide legislation to criminalize these acts in order to protect the health and safety of New York State residents.
"Bath salts are a large problem, the same as you would have cocaine or heroin or whatever, but they are very available. As a result, we have to try to do something to cut down on the use of it or the availability of it," said Tioga County legislature Chair Dale Weston.
Weston says that the Tioga County Sheriff’s office is already sending members of law enforcement to special training on how to recognize the use of so-called bath salts and how to deal with people under the influence of these substances.