Watertown, NY, Sep 17, 2012 — This summer, the synthetic drugs known as bath salts alarmed emergency responders in Jefferson County. They dealt with unstable, violent users several times a day. But lawmakers and law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels have been responding with crackdowns on the drugs. Now, both police and hospital officials in Watertown say cases are down sharply. Go to full article
Jefferson County Sheriff's Detective David Pustizzi speaks to dozens of community members gathered at South Jefferson High School in Adams on Wednesday.
Watertown, NY, Jul 27, 2012 — Community meetings are popping up as fast as the bizarre stories surrounding a drug known as bath salts or glass cleaner. The drugs are sold in head shops and convenience stores; they are not typical bath products or window cleaners. As Joanna Richards reports, three meetings in Jefferson County this week aimed to address the growing drug problem. Go to full article
If you're involved in the manufacture, importation, distribution or sale of these illicit chemicals, we will come after you
Watertown, NY, Jul 26, 2012 — A first-ever nationwide raid on the synthetic drug industry was conducted yesterday, and hit stores in Watertown, Syracuse and around the area. As Joanna Richards reports, the raid follows a new federal law that bans many of the chemical compounds used to make synthetic drugs like bath salts. Go to full article