Drowning in 'Water': PCP Abuse in New York

Bacon's attack and robbery in 2005 is the prime example of this type of violent blackout. He said the only reason he didn't shoot the man he robbed was because the gun was jammed. When asked if he would have shot the man otherwise, he replied, "Probably... It's the drugs."

Unforgiving Streets

Sgt. Gary Bulinski of Syracuse Police Department's Crime Reduction Team has responded to a number of calls in which people were intoxicated with PCP. He told ABCNews.com about his first response to a PCP user in 1998.

"He ripped his shirt off … began yelling vulgarities .. and he started to approach me," Bulinski. "I sprayed him in the face with my pepper spray. It was uneffective. I sprayed him a second time. No effect again. He screamed, 'I'm going to f'ing kill you!' Nothing seemed to affect him."

Violent episodes caused by water are no longer rare events in Syracuse. Police Chief Fowler said violence in the city is increasing slightly, which is partly due to water users. Shootings and stabbings are topping the list of violent crimes.

"If they're high [on water] and they have this weapon in their possession, they're gonna use it," Chief Fowler said. "And when you talk about a shooting or a stabbing, it's not like they're gonna stab a person one time. One time is bad enough, but you're talking about a person that will probably repeatedly stab a person over and over and over again to the point where you lose count of how many times a person's been stabbed."

This combustible combination of drug use and violence is exactly why Hudson wants to get her son off the streets.

"I know how this is probably going to sound to a lot of people," Hudson forewarned, "But I'm hoping that if I can't get him into rehab at this point, jail would be best. Because he really needs to be put off the streets because he is putting himself in harm's way every day."

If Senator Valesky's bill passes through the Assembly and is signed by the Governor, this law could take effect in just a few months and may just be Wofford's saving grace.

"These streets are not forgiving," Hudson said. "He is either going to end up dead or someone is going to end up dead because of him."

ABCNews.com contributor Marlei Martinez is a member of the ABC News on Campus program in Syracuse, NY.

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