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Emerson discusses bath salts with area law enforcement personnel

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A June meeting between U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson and law enforcement personnel frightened the lawmaker.

The use of bath salts in south central Missouri was becoming an epidemic, Rolla, Mo., Police Chief Mark Kearse, told her.

"On the way back, I stopped at a sketchy convenience store," Emerson said. "I went in to find the gum I wanted. There on the left, in this glass case, are bath salts.

"Right on the case, it said, 'Not for human consumption.'"

Emerson met at the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department with dozens of state and local law-enforcement personnel Monday to find out how pervasive bath salts are in their communities.

Bath salts are synthetic drugs created in labs. The formulas used to create the drugs are constantly changing, and they are made from legal substances, making it difficult for lawmakers to regulate bath salt manufacture or use. As laws are made to prevent the creation of bath salts, the chemicals used in their manufacture is changed to skirt the new laws.

"In the war on drugs, you fight a battle front here, and another front comes up," Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan said. "We managed to cut back on the number of methamphetamine labs. Now we've got another battle on our hands with these bath salts. We're starting to see it."

Funding for programs intended to combat methamphetamine use "dried up," Jordan said.

Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force director Sgt. Mark McClendon, said the budget for his organization was cut by $150,000. The budget in July 2011 was only $223,000.

Cuts meant the task force lost two deputies. Another member was cut to half time. The organization lost money for overtime pay and leases on vehicles, McClendon said.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol crime labs face challenges too, said Troop E crime lab supervisor Pam Johnson. The Troop E crime lab, which has only two drug chemists, has a six-month backlog of evidence to analyze for more than 800 cases, Johnson said. It recently sent evidence for 200 cases to Springfield, Mo., for analysis, she said. Springfield has five chemists, Johnson said.

The challenges don't stop there, said undercover narcotics officers who wished to remain anonymous.

In a recent trend, senior citizens struggling to make ends meet have begun selling their prescription medications to drug dealers, officers said.

Investigators also said they have seen a rise in heroin use in Southeast Missouri.

Meanwhile, lawmakers continue to try to slow the use of bath salts, Emerson said.

"We need a new approach," Emerson said. "There are drafts of legislation in both the House and the Senate. I don't believe it is as comprehensive as it needs to be."

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Yes, we need a new approach, we need new representation in Congress. Emerson has helped destroy our economy by the repeal of Glass/Stegall in 1999 leading to the bank collapse/bailouts that she again voted for. Her constant spending and raising the debt limit has left the Missouri economy one of the worst in the nation, expecially Southern Missouri.

How can law enforcement have the funds to fight drug use and keep our streets safe when the private sector struggles under the massive taxes and regulations that continually assult them? Her record is one of the worst in Congress on the Republican side. We continue to get lip service about our problems but no answers. The answer is to cut the wasteful spending, cut the size and waste of money in Washington and help our factories and farmers get back to work.

Emerson has failed this district by caring more about her career in Washington than about those of us that live here and struggle to survive in the private sector. Yes, drug use is a terrible thing and we should certainly do all we can to stop it but not understanding the relationship to financing public safety and standing up for the working people on main street and in the workplace is unacceptable today. This lip service from professional polititians is killing us and our future here in Missouri. We need jobs Jo Ann. We don't need more of your expensive bailouts that suck our money away from taxpayers. I guess it is hard to understand the true economy when you are/were a lobbyist and much of your family is too. You have played the good people of Missouri long enough.

We can do better and I plan to.

Bob Parker

P.S. I put my name on my posts. Your hoards of staffers that will follow my post should enjoy their last few paychecks for blasting the hardworking, God fearing people that want their country back, the shame is about over.

-- Posted by electbobparker.com on Mon, Jul 2, 2012, at 8:42 PM

Put this in your pipe and smoke it Bob

You are a joke...and not a very fun one at that.

But you are right about one thing...the shame is almost over.

Your shame.

You are seriously crazy.

and I for one can't wait for August 7th to see you lose....again.

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Mon, Jul 2, 2012, at 10:00 PM

Bath Salt Zombies and Meth heads scare the $%^& out of me. I for one am glad when anyone in government pays attention to this problem. And whatever the solution is, it will involve regulating interstate commerce...

I'm not a big government guy, but we need to fix this!

-- Posted by SamTheEagle on Mon, Jul 2, 2012, at 11:14 PM

"In the war on drugs, you fight a battle front here, and another front comes up," Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan said. "We managed to cut back on the number of methamphetamine labs. Now we've got another battle on our hands with these bath salts. We're starting to see it."

Nice to see our Sheriff agreeing that fighting the war on drugs is like playing Whack-A-Mole. Even if we pour enormous amounts of resources into stopping one part of the drug trade all that does is encourage a different part of the trade to become more profitable and grow.

The problem is every time we arrest a dealer or make a big bust we are increasing profits for the dealers that remain or the drugs that get through. Drug users are not very picky about the products they use, so if they cannot obtain their preferred drug they simply turn to whatever is cheaper or easier to get. Even if we could wave a magic wand and make every bit of meth, heroin, cocaine, and bath salts disappear it would do almost no good as replacement products would quickly fill in the gaps. There is a nearly infinite number of chemical combinations that will get a human "high" in one manner or another and fighting the supply of them is as effective as tilting at windmills.

-- Posted by Nil on Tue, Jul 3, 2012, at 12:52 AM

Bob is against fighting drugs. It's nice to see that the grownups, like Jo Ann and John Jordan, and not Bob Wannadoobie are the ones on the front lines of this fight.

-- Posted by workerdignity on Tue, Jul 3, 2012, at 6:54 AM

Our hospitals are being overrun by drug users. It is absolutely necessary to fight this war at both state and fed levels. Our doctors and nurses need to be able to take care of the sick, not degenerate druggies.

-- Posted by t partier on Tue, Jul 3, 2012, at 7:17 AM

Need to stop the T.V. adds regarding new drugs on the market. Every other add any more on T.V. is about advertising a new drug. You have green butter flys' on the T.V. screen advertising a sleeping drug all of this needs to stop. How can we get a handle on this major problem when a tremendous amount of drugs are being advertised on our television sets every day. Also, better enforcement of some doctors that are constantly issuing prescription pain killers to the same patients every time they come in and wanting a fix. Prescription drugs is also a major problem we face as well regarding the war on drugs.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Tue, Jul 3, 2012, at 8:05 AM

The federal government protects our borders. Not doing such a good job of that are they? They let drugs in and then declare war on them. Let the states keep their money and fight drugs themselves. The federal government wastes to much money on anything it does. States would do a much better job fighting drugs. It would be local and people could see if there is any waste. Kinda like we need to do with welfare and disability fraud.

Funny Joann finds a story for drug use after accusing Parker of wanting to legalize drugs.

More politics as usual. Read the 10th amendment! The Constitution works when applied.

-- Posted by byejoann on Tue, Jul 3, 2012, at 9:34 AM

Ulster for you to say Bob Parker is against "fighting drugs" exemplifies just how ignorant and uninformed you are.

The "war on drugs" has been conducted for over half a century now at the Federal Level. Are we any closer to winning that war with all the trillions we've spent in that time?

Like anything else not included in the enumerated powers of the Constitution, this is a States issue and should be and saying that in no way can be construed or taken as a person is For legalization or decriminalization except at the federal level.

Bob Parker and Ms. Emerson-Gladney both agree that we need to do away with the Department of Education (that Jo Ann Doubled the size of with her no child left behind vote) and the EPA (which she continually votes to fund).

By your rational you'd say they were for polluting the environment and not educating our children which would be completely false.

-- Posted by ddshea on Tue, Jul 3, 2012, at 10:13 AM

ddshea- lets agree on two things..

1) You have no credentials whatsoever that qualify you as a constitutional expert.

2) Bob Parker will lose the August 7th primary.

-- Posted by SterlingCooper on Tue, Jul 3, 2012, at 3:56 PM

I guess we'll have to agree to disagree sterling, on both points.

If memory serves both the President and the Vice-President have claimed to have taught Constitutional Law so any credentials they may have, or claim to have, haven't done anybody in the Country much good. Apparently, our Supreme Court has trouble with their ability to understand the intent or interpretation of the Constitution as well given their recent decision handed down on obamacare.

Jo Ann Emerson claims to represent the 8th district and has that credential next to her name but we all know that's not the case when we examine her voting record and suspect ties to Unions, Lobbyists, and Special interests.

As to how this race will turn out, Bob is going to take it hands down. Just my opinion. It's likely that it's team emerson's opinion as well since they expense polling results but don't release any of those results. You'd think if she was leading in the polls they paid to conduct that she'd publish them... Again, just my opinion.

-- Posted by ddshea on Tue, Jul 3, 2012, at 4:12 PM

she "claims" to represent the 8th district?

are you stupid?

she does, in fact, represent the 8th district

then again, I wouldn't expect you to know what facts are since you so willingly overlook them.

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Tue, Jul 3, 2012, at 4:30 PM

I realize that Emerson is paying the staffers good money to trash her very worthy opponent, but hey, you have to make a living somehow, right?!

-- Posted by schoo1houserock on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 12:29 AM

I realize Bob Parker has nothing better to do than make fake accounts on here and trash people.

Good luck at life, you need it.

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 8:19 AM

You are quite effectively trashing her. Your representation is seemingly exemplary of the office you support. It's a good example of wasting the taxpayer's funds yet again.

I have a suggestion. Try actually addressing issues. It will aid in your intellectual and emotional development.

-- Posted by Dreen on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 9:06 AM

Looks like the people supporting Bob on here are willing to sign their name. Bob puts his name on his post as well.

-- Posted by dash7 on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 9:28 AM

Looks like the people supporting Bob on here are willing to sign their name. Bob puts his name on his post as well.

Ken Collins

-- Posted by dash7 on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 9:30 AM

"I realize Bob Parker has nothing better to do than make fake accounts on here and trash people.

Good luck at life, you need it."

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 8:19 AM

Hard to type when you laughing so hard. Thanks, I needed that one schoolhouse, especially when your boss is voting away our Freedoms and participating in the economic destruction of our country on a continual basis with her voting record.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3...

I assure you, unlike Jo Ann, her Husband, and you paid staffers I post under my real name every time, as does Bob Parker. I have nothing to hide and unlike you, no ulterior motive, other than sharing the truth as I have found it about Ms. Emerson-Gladney.

Here is a paid letter I submitted to the Missourian that was published stating my name clearly as is their policy.

http://www.semissourian.com/story/185493...

Keep grasping at straws though schoolhouse especially when you can't defend a horrible record like your boss has amassed or rely on anything positive she has done.

August 7th's coming and your paranoia and panic are highly evident.

-- Posted by ddshea on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 9:32 AM

Anyone, who want's to see the truth about Jo Ann Emerson and who she has become and just what she's been up to in DC in your name, go to

http://joannemersonexposed.com/

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3...

Do your own research and vote your conscience tomorrow, August 7th in the Missouri State Primary.

-- Posted by ddshea on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 7:37 PM


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