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12/22/2011 1:15:00 PM
Editorial: Time to take offensive against Bath Salt, Glass Cleaner scourge

During the height of the BALCO scandal involving the use of performance-enhancing substances by professional and Olympic athletes, the most damning admission was the revelation that sports cheats are usually a step or two ahead of those administering the drug tests to catch them.

The same can be said of the never-ending effort to keep a community as free of mind-altering drugs as possible.

In Arizona, Cottonwood became the standard bearer some years back as the community that stood up to and conquered a methamphetamine plague that was taking over the town. What began as a local effort to combat a local problem was copied by other municipalities across Arizona. Cottonwood was the catalyst that led to the creation of laws that banned the sale of the key ingredients used to make methamphetamine.

Now we are seeing a new problem emerge with the escalating use of “bath salt” and “glass cleaner” designer drugs in the community. The problem with such “synthetic” drugs is you often can buy them over the counter and they are legal. It seems just as the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration narrows the definition of such drugs and bans their sale, chemists with questionable ethics create something new and, for the time being, legal.

As was the case with the BALCO scandal, just as one performance-enhancing drug was identified and banned, sports cheats already had moved on to a new drug of choice.

In Cottonwood, though, the community’s track record gives confidence that this is another battle that will not be lost. Teaming with MATForce, you can bet local ordinances will be written, and enforced, that will rid the community of this scourge.

We’ve done it before. We’ll do it again.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, January 23, 2012
Article comment by: Is this Editorial a Joke???

"In Arizona, Cottonwood became the standard bearer some years back as the community that stood up to and conquered a methamphetamine plague that was taking over the town."

Sorry to inform you, but the meth plague is still alive and well all over Cottonwood! It just has been driven further underground, and the users/dealers have become "smarter" at avoiding the police.

This article is just another example of how much MatForce is out of touch with reality and the day to day activities of the Verde Valley. They were too busy trying to stamp out and conquer medical marijuana to see that so many of our youth were dying from prescription drug use! And the scary part is that they collect tax dollars from us!

Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Article comment by: Old Town Resident

In the meantime, when I walk my dog, I pick up the packets of "Eight Ballz" & "Glass Cleaners" and throw them away. I have seen kids pick them up and mess with them, and there have been empty packets by the parking lot of the Boys & Girls club..............

Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Article comment by: Gaia Gurl

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ~ Albert Einstein

Posted: Monday, December 26, 2011
Article comment by: Bob Launders

The prohibition of alcohol did not work. Why do we think the prohibition of drugs will?

Posted: Saturday, December 24, 2011
Article comment by: no control will stop the abuser intent on abusing

Those who sell tobacco products know full well what long term tobacco use does. Tobacco use may be legal yet it has caused more human suffering, loss of life and medical care expenditures than any consumable product sold. As gun rights advocates like to say "guns don't kill, people do" - we can ban every over-the-counter product in deemed dangerous, but abusers will find another thing to abuse.

Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011
Article comment by: Legalizing weed will make these designer drugs go away.....

I come from a long line of alcoholics and when I say alcoholics, I mean hard core. Every family member of mine has lost custody of their kids due to alcoholism, until me. I chose to smoke weed occasionally, instead of drinking "to unwind" as so many of my friends put it. Yet marijuana is illegal, and designer drugs are not. I've been tempted to try these drugs as if I get caught with them, I don't lose my job. But if I'm caught with pot, I lose my job. Legalize pot, tax it and regulate it like alchohol, and these designer drugs will fade away....

Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011
Article comment by: d Barney

What is sad is that “Dons Smoke Shop” knows or should know what this drug is used for when they sell it “Just because it is legal” does not make it right or moral.
What is sad that Mr. Donohue (whose Family apparently owns this shop) attempted to run for state legislature at one time goes along with this drug knowing what it does to our children? I guess now I’m glad he was not elected.

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