1. Dear Drugs-Forum readers: We are a small non-profit that runs one of the most read drug information & addiction help websites in the world. We serve over 4 million readers per month, and have costs like all popular websites: servers, hosting, licenses and software. To protect our independence we do not run ads. We take no government funds. We run on donations which average $25. If everyone reading this would donate $5 then this fund raiser would be done in an hour. If Drugs-Forum is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online another year by donating whatever you can today. Donations are currently not sufficient to pay our bills and keep the site up. Your help is most welcome. Thank you.

Dateline to air segment on bath salts featuring NEPA

By torachi, May 21, 2011 | Updated: May 21, 2011 | |
  1. torachi
    Northeast Pennsylvania's connection to the bath salts epidemic will be featured on Sunday's broadcast of NBC's "Dateline."

    The episode will be aired at 7 p.m. and will show interviews with Dr. William J. Dempsey Jr., an emergency room doctor at Community Medical Center, and a Bradford County resident, who shared his experience using the hallucinogenic designer drug.

    In an April interview, Dr. Dempsey told the show's producers that bath salts was "a drug that he had never heard of becoming an epidemic" in the area, Amy Lynn, a network spokeswoman, said.

    Dr. Dempsey recently testified before a Lackawanna County judge panel seeking a permanent injunction banning its sale that the hospital treated at least 200 people who used the drug, according to Times-Tribune archives.

    The drug produces a high similar to cocaine and amphetamine and has been connected to a string of crimes in the area: a man allegedly broke into a monastery and stabbed a priest in the face in Scranton in March, among other high-profile incidents.

    Following the injunction issued in April banning the sale, local law enforcement officials claim there has been a significant decrease in crimes associated with the drug and hospitalizations.

    In April, Lackawanna County commissioners adopted an emergency ordinance banning the distribution, manufacture, possession or use of bath salts. The same month, Luzerne County President Judge Thomas F. Burke signed an injunction to permanently ban and criminalize the sale of bath salts.

    The NBC segment, dubbed "The Hansen Files" and reported by Dateline's Chris Hansen, goes undercover to reveal how easy it is to purchase the drug, and includes interviews with a Drug Enforcement Administration special agent, and segments in Greenwich Village, New York City, and Minneapolis.

    The show also interviewed a Bradford County resident who told them how easy it was to purchase the drug only a few miles from his Athens home, Ms. Lynn said.

    Published: May 21, 2011



To make a comment simply sign up and become a member!