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Authorities fear synthetic drugs could return

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Authorities in South Carolina are worried that synthetic narcotics sold over the counter could make a comeback in the state, despite a recent ban.

The Greenville News reports that state Rep. Anne Thayer, R-Belton, will propose legislation this year that would ban 110 drugs that have no medicinal use.

Thayer says the goal is to stay ahead of manufacturers who will simply change ingredients as they're made illegal.

Last year, a statewide ban followed local measures aimed to keep drugs marketed as bath salts, plant food or other substances off the shelf in South Carolina stores.

But police in Spartanburg County report seeing stores selling at least one product being marketed as glass cleaner that appears similar to banned synthetic drugs.

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