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Friday, August 14, 2015

Andrew Cuomo
ALBANY — The sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol products are now prohibited in New York State, following Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signing legislation banning the products, also known as "palcohol."

"This dangerous product is a public health disaster waiting to happen,” Gov. Cuomo said. “I am proud to sign this legislation that will keep powdered alcohol off the shelves and out of the wrong hands.”

This powdered, freeze-dried alcohol is sold in small bags and is intended to be mixed with water to create alcoholic drinks. It is readily portable and easy to conceal in its powdered form, which opponents say makes it easy for underage youths to gain access to it. Additionally, mixing incorrectly or ingesting it in its powdered form can lead to unsafe levels of intoxication.

With the signing of this measure, (S.1757A / A.8043), New York is joining more than 20 other states that have banned the substance.

State Sen. Joseph Griffo said, "For every substance or drug that has been abused by people in our communities, we often look back and ask ourselves if there is anything we could have done differently to prevent a wave of addiction from reaching the point of no return." Griffo was the lead sponsor in the Senate.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, has introduced legislation in the Senate to ban powdered alcohol nationwide.

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