What more can Government do than banning their sale, making them illegal, and treatment? The only real solution is to discover why people feel the need to use any drug and their positively changing their own lives and decisions. There are a whole host of societal and mental health reasons people abuse drugs and no legislation can resolve such things. We spend billions in this Country on law enforcement, substance abuse treatment, and mental health treatment. Sure more money can buy more of all of that, but it is a much bigger problem than just passing a law or spending more, and like the Governor said, is something society has been struggling with for a long time. There has been some recent public outcry on bath salts etc., but other drugs, legal and illegal, continue to destroy lifes in our Community, State, and throughout our Nation every day. People getting directly involved, families being connected, and parents setting the right example are more effective than any bill anyone can pass. As long as there is demand someone will act to take advantage and fill the order. Some get rich, many die, and billons are squandered in a battle that, in the end, only individuals can solve by choosing not to use, seeking help from ample mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, and realizing drug use is a one way trip to no where good.
Gov. Cuomo offers rhetoric, no specifics on how state will deal with synthetic drugs
Submitted by Howard Owens on August 2, 2012 - 9:06pm
Following the dedication ceremony at the new Muller Quaker Dairy plant at the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park, Batavia, Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with local and regional reporters to answer a variety of questions.
WHAM13's Sean Carroll and I both wanted to ask about synthetic drugs.
Carroll asked what action citizens can expect Albany to take on the issue and Cuomo replied, "We’ve taken action. I think we have to take more action. It is a problem that is literally exploding. I have been talking with the legislature and we’re going to be taking further aggressive action in the near future."
Next question, why has New York been unable to pass a bill banning analogs to controlled substances such as Kansas, Colorado and New Jersey, among other states, have done?
Cuomo's first response was, "talk to the Legislature."
He then added, "The Department of Health already issued a ban and I'm working with legislature to get even stricter legislation."
I pointed out that after the health department ban, the bath salt problem in Batavia only got worse. The ban seemed pretty ineffective.
"A ban against sale is a sweeping measure and that’s what this ban is," Cuomo said. "We banned the sale of bath salts. The problem is continuing to grow and I’m working with the legislature on having an even more aggressive piece of legislation, which I hope to have next session."
Would that mean an analog bill?
"I'm working with legislature to get the most aggressive, strictest bill that we can get," Cuomo said.
I then asked him, going after the sale of controlled substances is one approach, but some drug treatment experts suggest more needs to be done on the user abuse side, getting people more aggressively into treatment.
Here's Cuomo's answer: "This nation has fought the sale and use of drugs for generations now, right? You have to attack both sides. You have to try and limit the supply and then you have to limit the user. You have to enforce the laws. It’s public safety. And try to stop the source and supply and we’re trying to both."
Sounds like your criticism of the Governor and what he said should be aimed at yourself too Howard. Lots of Fluff and "they can do more", but no specifics. "Banning their sale in an effective manner" What, like they can control the sale of any drugs or are able to control the sale of other illegal items? On law enforcement, didn't you just report on a huge raid by local, County, State, and Federal law enforcement that involved arrests locally and in many other States? I also dispute the difference your trying to make with designer drugs and others more well know such as Meth, Crack, and Heroin etc. While unsafe under any circumstances, BOTH often contain many other substances or are made in conditions that make them extra unsafe and no user knows anything about the safety of what they use or what it truly contains. Your making my point by criticizing the ineffectiveness and difficulty faced by recent legislation in identifying new substances and of trying to legislate things. When there is a will there is a way and no legislation, in itself, will ever eliminate drug use and cover all changes and adaptions made by those trafficking or using. Not sure why you think you know or care so much more than the Governor or those in Albany too Howard. Appears a bit pompous. Easy to cat call the Governor and other Legislators, but if it was as easy as your trying to make it sound and have the solutions to your own criticisms, I am very sure all would happily do.
Oh, so you are for drug use, but against designer drug use??? Not defending the Governor's remarks Howard, but just pointing out that just because he didn't give you the answers you wanted when he was here for ecomomic development that it is quite the leap to say he and the entire Legislature don't know what you know or care like you care. I'm sure the Governor's office could send you a number of links for you to follow up on too.
Let me get this correct...man made pharmaceuticals are ok and legal per drs orders...but a plant made by God is illegal and could result in prisonment....LMAO!!!!!!
oh spare me the attempts at bringing God into this discussion Mary.... Nightshade is a plant made by God too, so is poison ivy, oak and sumac. People routinely kill these plants as well as giant hogweed, cow parsnip and wild parsnip.
Asprin is a man made pharmeceutical, so is penecillin. So stop with the generalizations, after all you can have and smoke weed if you have a Dr's prescription too. It's regulated not illegal.