Moncks Corner bans bath salts as concerns for 'drug' increase

Published: Sep. 23, 2011 at 12:21 PM EDT
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MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - A local town is cracking down on a designer drug that is sold in stores, following the lead of several other cities and counties around the state.

Earlier this week, the Moncks Corner town council passed a 60-day emergency ordinance banning bath salts.

Moncks Corner joins Chesterfield County, Rock Hill, Andrews and Florence as the other areas to make the sale illegal.

Experts say the drugs have synthetic components that mimic side effects of illegal drugs. You can smoke it or inject it and it's legal to purchase for only $18.

The high is short and the side effects can last up to three days, ranging from hallucinations, paranoia, kidney failure, violent acts and even suicide.

The state's poison control center says they've received 92 calls this year about the drug, and state leaders are pushing a legislation to make it illegal to buy Bath Salts in South Carolina.

Senate majority leader Harvey Peeler is pushing for a statewide emergency ban in the next 90 days.

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