August 22nd, 2012
New York State cracks down on possession of bath salts
The New York State Department of Health has issued new regulations to crack down on bath salts and other synthetic drugs and will increase the criminal penalties for those who violate the new rules.
ALBANY - Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that the New York State Department of Health (DOH) has issued new regulations to crack down on the increasingly widespread use of bath salts and other synthetic drugs.
The new regulations, issued by DOH and approved by the Public Health and Health Planning Council, will expand upon the existing list of prohibited drugs and chemicals to include dozens more substances that are now being used to make synthetic drugs, better ensuring that distributors can no longer skirt the existing laws by simply modifying the ingredients of the drugs they are peddling.
In addition, the regulations will allow for the first time an owner of an establishment and/or an employee selling synthetic drugs to be charged with possession of an illicit substance.
Further, to support enforcement, the regulations will increase the criminal penalties for those who violate the rules. Violators will face fines up to $500 and potentially up to 15 days in jail.