NY Expands Efforts Against Synthetic Cannabinoids

"These extremely dangerous and deadly substances are wreaking havoc in communities across the state, and we are stepping up efforts to ensure these drugs remain off the streets and out of our correctional facilities," Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said.

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced April 12 a statewide plan to combat synthetic cannabinoids that includes prevention, education, treatment, and community engagement efforts, seeking to raise awareness of its dangers and to provide additional guidance to health care providers on effective treatment and recovery services.

"These extremely dangerous and deadly substances are wreaking havoc in communities across the state, and we are stepping up efforts to ensure these drugs remain off the streets and out of our correctional facilities," Cuomo said. "With these new initiatives we can further educate the public on the dangers of these drugs while also continuing to ensure that those who bring this scourge into our communities will be held fully accountable."

The state is launching K-2 Listening Forums in communities that have been affected by synthetic cannabinoid abuse, including New York City and Syracuse. The forums will include state representatives from the Department of Health, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Office of Mental Health, State Police, Division of Criminal Justice Services, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, State Liquor Authority, New York State Gaming Commission, and Department of Tax and Finance, as well as synthetic cannabinoid experts, community-based organizations, family representatives, people in recovery, and local government and law enforcement officials.

In addition, the Department of Health, Office of Mental Health, and Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services have issued joint guidance to health care providers, hospitals, off-campus emergency departments, substance use disorder and mental health agencies, and local health departments to provide information on the risk indicators of synthetic cannabinoid intoxication and addiction and offer guidance for diagnosis and treatment.

Cuomo first banned synthetic cannabinoids in 2012 through regulations empowering the Health Commissioner to close down stores where the drugs were sold. In 2015, he added two additional classes of compounds to the banned substances list, changes that were unanimously approved by the Public Health and Health Planning Council.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    OSHA’s Form 300A posting deadline is February 1! Are you prepared? To help answer your key recordkeeping questions, IndustrySafe put together this guide with critical compliance information.

  • Steps to Conduct a JSA

    We've put together a comprehensive step-by-step guide to help you perform a job safety analysis (JSA), which includes a pre-built, JSA checklist and template, steps of a JSA, list of potential job hazards, and an overview of hazard control hierarchy.

  • Everything You Need to Know about Incident investigations

    Need some tips for conducting an incident investigation at work after there’s been an occupational injury or illness, or maybe even a near miss? This guide presents a comprehensive overview of methods of performing incident investigations to lead you through your next steps.

  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Industry Safe
Bulwark CP

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - October 2020

    October 2020

    Featuring:

    • FACILITY SECURITY
      EHS Compliance: Make it Personal
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      Choosing the Right Safety Shoe for Your Industry
    • HAND PROTECTION
      A Requirements Checklists for Work Safety Gloves
    • COVID-19 MANAGEMENT
      Contemporary Issues in HSE Management
    View This Issue