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2/18/2012 1:07:00 PM
Editorial: Cottonwood again leads the charge in drug war battle

Winning the “war on drugs” is a pipe dream for every layer of government from the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency to your local police station.

But there are important battles that can be won in this never-ending war and Cottonwood seems to have once again chalked up another victory.

The city ordinance enacted recently by the Cottonwood City Council in response to the “bath salts” problem in Old Town has become the model for a new state law.

Friday, Gov. Jan Brewer signed HB2356 into effect immediately. The new law criminalizes the sale, possession or use of synthetic chemicals commonly known as “Bath Salts” that until now have been sold under various brand names.

In making the announcement, Kim MacEachern, staff attorney at Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council, made special mention that Cottonwood passed its own bath salts ordinance about a month ago.

This is not the first time the City of Cottonwood has taken on such a battle in the war on drugs and had the State of Arizona follow the city’s example with the creation of new state law. The same thing happened several years back when Cottonwood established the state’s first ordinance outlawing the sale of the key ingredients used to make methamphetamine. The Cottonwood city ordinance became the template for a new state law making the sale of such ingredients illegal.

It’s also interesting to note the national furor during the past week over the abuse of prescription drugs in the aftermath of the death of singer Whitney Houston. That’s another battle that has been attacked head-on in the Verde Valley and Yavapai County during the past year following the deaths of several young adults.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of the folks on the Yavapai County MATForce team, which is co-chaired by Cottonwood City Manager Doug Bartosh, we’re winning some important battles on the illegal drug front right here in the Verde Valley.

More often the not, it’s our forceful action that’s prompting the State of Arizona to take notice and follow suit.

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Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2012
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Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012
Article comment by: Its About Time

Im happy to see that this substance is finally illegal considering all of the damage it has caused among the young adults in the area. I've seen several bad cases of it as a first hand witness but have never felt the urge to try it seeing how irrational people are who use it. Thank you city officials for finally cracking down on the use of it!

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012
Article comment by: A Thankful Parent

Thank you Verde Valley officials, and Jan Brewer! This stuff almost killed one kid we know, the hallucination's alone from the use of this MDPV are like having schizophrenia, in a violent form.. Dangerous and scary! I am just one of many thankful parents out there that have one less drug available legally that can permanently damage our kids brains, or cause them to do harm to another human being!

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