Oswego mother files $5 million dollar lawsuit over son's synthetic drug death

Photo of Teresa Woolson with her son Victor who died after using synthetic drugs

The Oswego County mother who has been on a crusade against the type of drugs that killed her son has filed a $5 million dollar lawsuit against the Oswego store she says sold her son the drugs. Teresa Woolson filed the lawsuit in Supreme Court in Oswego County against the Xtreme Underground store, its owner and two unnamed manufacturers and distributors of synthetics.

Woolson is being represented by John F. Harwick, Esq of Hacker Murphy LLP of Latham, NY. She is not sure where the attorney came up with the $5 million dollar figure, however she is sure about her mission. In an email to CNYCentral, she writes, "I do see my efforts as a crusade because the synthetics are still on the shelves of stores in this state and I am hoping to help pass state legislation to make them illegal to sell."

On August 9th, 2012, Victor Woolson's family say he and some friends came to flat rock for a swim, but he stopped at a shop called Xtreme Underground at 27 W Bridge Street, Oswego. They say according to the testimony of his friends to police, Woolson bought a product called Avalanche. Though it is labeled as an incense and not for human consumption, they say it's well known as a synthetic form of marijuana. "One of his friends can get it right here in Oswego." Teresa claims, "So they did and two and a half hours later he was pulled from the lake."