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Heroin, 'Molly' on CNY radar

Baldwinsville police officers Martin Knaul and Christine Weeks, who are the school resource officers for the Baldwinsville Central School District, report that there are two drugs that law enforcement officers in the Central New York area have been encountering lately.

"Molly" is a relatively new drug in the area. It is an off-white powdery substance and may be contained in a gelatin capsule. Officer Weeks said this drug has properties similar to those of Ecstasy and causes euphoria and stimulant-like effects. Other street names for this substance are legal E, legal X or A2. Officers Knaul and Weeks noted that Molly has not been found in any of the district's schools; however, local police officers have encountered it in the Baldwinsville community.

Another drug parents should be concerned about is heroin, which Officer Knaul said is making a resurgence in Central New York. Neither he nor Officer Weeks has encountered it yet in any of the district's schools. Heroin is a highly addictive drug that is derived from morphine, which is an opiate. It acts as a depressant. Heroin can be a white to dark brown powder or a tar-like substance. It can be injected, smoked or snorted. Officer Weeks noted that the Onondaga County Probation Department has reported that, in general, there is a resurgence in the use of opiates in the area.

Officers Knaul and Weeks stressed that marijuana, alcohol, prescription drug use and abuse and tobacco use are still a regional problem. Parents and students need to be cognizant of the physical and legal consequences of drug use, as well as school consequences, which are outlined in the district's Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct can be found online at bville.org. Under the heading "Parents" at the top of the home page, you will find a link to "Code of Conduct." Page 13 of the document describes the infraction of drug possession, use or sale. The district's penalties for violations of the Code of Conduct begin on page 26, and Appendix B-54 specifies the penalties for possession, use, sale, or for being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Code of Conduct is also available for review at any of the district's schools.

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