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COLUMN: Fight against synthetic drugs culminates in Operation Log Jam

— As a result, many of these businesses shut down; owners face federal drug charges, which includes imprisonment and hefty fines.

This is an example of a grassroots effort that culminated in federal law change: the media drew attention to the problem we had locally; concerned parents and neighbors called my office to share stories and signed the online petition to voice support to rid our state of the dangerous and addictive chemicals; the legislation I introduced drew coverage from around the state, as more communities were experiencing increased reports synthetic drug use and looking for ways to stop it. What started as a grassroots movement resulted in new state policy and federal law changes, and gave law enforcement the tools to make arrests.

I will continue to pay attention to this issue and to work on strengthening the state's laws to better protect communities, especially our youth. If you suspect drug activity, you may call 911 or the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration at its field office in Syracuse at 426-5300 or (212) 337-3900 to make a report. To learn more about prevention, and read stories of teenage drug use and how to recognize the signs, visit getsmartaboutdrugs.com. You may also contact Upstate Poison Control Center at upstate.edu/poison or call 1800-222-1222 to speak to a professional about the effects of synthetic drugs.

Assemblyman Will Barclay represents residents of Assembly District 120, which includes Lysander. He can be reached by mail at 200 North Second St., Fulton, NY 13069, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by phone (598-5185).

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