Broome County Works to Battle Bath Salts

By Brandi Bailey

Broome County Works to Battle Bath Salts

February 13, 2013 Updated Feb 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Federal laws may ban making and selling bath salts, but getting users off the streets is still a challenge at the local and state levels, authorities say.

The Broome County Sheriff's Office says while it's a good idea for local legislation to create laws against bath salts, the real work needs to come from higher up.

New York State law restricts making and selling bath salts, but within that law there are specific ingredient outlines.

The Broome County Sheriff's Office says that's where the problem lies.

"People that put together bath salts change the ingredients and then the law's no good. The state Police labs won't even test for Bath Salts because it keeps changing," said Broome County Sheriff David Harder (R).

Harder says if his agency can't charge users of bath salts, they'll look for other charges, whether it's a criminal charge or a mental health charge to order treatment.

The State Health Department and a deputy from Broome County traveled to 44 different shops discouraging the sale of ingredients used in making bath salts.

Harder says legislators are looking at federal law changes, hoping to make it easier to follow through on arrests and charges at the local level.