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Sheriff: Fulton County woman's death exposes bath salt problem

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JOHNSTOWN, NY – Sheriffs say the death of a Fulton County woman may be exposing a growing problem with bath salts.

The Fulton County Sheriff tells NEWS10 that he believes some recent deaths may have been caused from bath salts.

A recent case is the suspicious death of 54-year-old Kathryn Alling. Kathryn was found dead along a rural roadway in Mayfield on Monday. Her husband, Brent Scott Alling, is in jail on unrelated charges. He is being held as a person of interest in this case.

Sheriffs and Kathryn's family members say their relationship was marred by alcohol, drugs, and violence.

The drug of most interest to sheriffs in this case is bath salts. Bath salts offer a cheap but potent high. It can cause delirium, hallucinations, and death.

Kathryn's brother Bill Jackson spoke with NEWS10 and said that Kathryn was in constant fear of her husband. Jackson admits his sister had problems with pot and alcohol, but he claims her husband would often force Kathryn to take harder drugs.

Sheriffs are waiting for toxicology results in this case to make a full determination on drugs.

The three main ingredients in bath salts were banned in New York, but the sheriff says the makers keep changing the chemical components to skirt around the law. There are proposed laws against bath salts at both the state and federal levels.

A bill in New York State Assembly that was passed in May bans the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana.

The state version that passed the senate in late April criminalizes possession of bath salts.

Senator Chuck Schumer also started the National Push to Ban Bath Salts. It says federal bills have passed in the senate and the house. Schumer expects a reconciled bill criminalizing sale and distribution to be signed into law by August 1.

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