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Judge Bans Bath Salt Sales in Yavapai County—–Statement by Senate President Steve Pierce

On Thursday Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Patricia Trebesch issued a temporary restraining order banning the sale of dangerous synthetic drugs such as “bath salts” in Yavapai County. I applaud this ruling. Bath salts are a public safety crisis and my county has been hit hard. Emergency rooms in Yavapai County are reporting on average twenty ER visits each week by people suffering reactions to synthetic drugs. They ingested drugs bought at stores in Prescott, Sedona, Cottonwood and throughout the Verde Valley.

Yavapai County Attorney Shelia Polk is doing an outstanding job in

combating this scourge. So is Senator Linda Gray, who I have been working with to fight this menace that is tearing apart families and putting the public at risk. This past session we swiftly passed a bill that was signed by the Governor to outlaw the synthetic drugs we have been aware of, and we are looking for ways to continue to address this concern in the next legislative session. Judge Trebesch’s order is now another step in getting these life-threatening drugs off the shelves.”

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