Synthetic drugs taken off SC store shelves

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - Days after state officials banned synthetic drugs often marketed as "bath salts," the substances are hard to find in South Carolina.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports that city and county police there are patrolling stores to make sure the formerly legal drugs are no longer for sale.

Prior to this week's ban, other cities and counties across South Carolina had already restricted the sale of synthetic marijuana and similar substances.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced the ban days after federal officials classified the substances as illegal drugs.

There has been some confusion, though, over exactly what is being made illegal. Legitimate bath salt products are not banned.

Some counties are offering 15-day grace periods for merchants to get the products off the shelves.

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