Group pushes to ban bath salts

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Bath salts are becoming an increasing problem across the country and now one woman in Horry County is making it her mission to get the product banned before anyone gets killed in the Grand Strand.

"I want them banned, I want an emergency ban on bath salts in Horry County," said Beth Barnhill just minutes before asking Horry County Council to consider the measure.

Bath Salts, which have many different street names, are considered a cheap and easy way to get high. Health experts warn when taken, either by inhaling or digesting, the drug can produce a hallucinogen effect that could lead to violent outbursts.

"There are so many synthetic uses out there, that just one use could actually kill your child." said Cecily Watkins, a drug prevention specialist in Columbia.

During Tuesday's Horry County Council meeting, Barnhill asked Horry County leaders to consider banning the substance. Other counties and states across the United States have already issued such bans.

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