Town of Elbridge considers local ban on bath salts

The Elbridge Town Board is considering implementing a local law banning the sale of synthetic drugs, including bath salts, in the town of Elbridge. The idea for the law came from Councilor Bill Kuhn at the town board meeting July 12.

Town Supervisor Ken Bush said bath salts are not currently a problem in the town; however, “we want to take a pro-active approach on this issue before it becomes a problem,” he said.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, as of July 11 at least 42 states had legislatively banned bath salts, including New York. A number of towns and cities also have laws in place.

“Bath salts” is an informal street name for the drug, but it is also sold under the names “Ivory Wave,” “Purple Wave” and “Vanilla Sky.” According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, bath salts often contain various amphetamine-like chemicals such as methylenedioxypyrovalerone, mephedrone and pyrovalerone. When taken, they can act as a brain-stimulating drug much like cocaine. Common effects from bath salts include intense cravings, hallucinations, chest pains, increased blood pressure and heart rate, agitation, extreme paranoia and delusions.

The idea to create a law banning bath salts is in response to the drug being a frequent topic in the news of late. “We want to try to protect Elbridge citizens and their quality of life,” Bush said.

For now, the request to further develop this law in the town of Elbridge lies in the hands of town attorney Dirk Oudemool. He said he will be looking into the question of being able to prohibit the sale of bath salts and other kinds of synthetic drugs.

At the end of the meeting, Oudemool said he would research the issue as well as draft a law, and then see about moving it to a public hearing.

Nikki Treleaven is a freelance writer for the Eagle Observer. Reach her at ntreleaven02@gmail.com.

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