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Joint Ordinances for a Fake Drug Problem
Wednesday, September 21, 2011


COLUMBIA, SC (WLTX) - The City of Columbia and Richland County are working to pass ordinances that take legal drug replicates bath salts and K2 off the streets.

The Bath Salts are hard to distinguish from illegal cocaine

"It causes anxiety, it can cause hyperventilation. After people take it a while, it can cause siesures and convulsions," says Frank Sheheen, Director of the South Carolina Recovering Professionals Program.

Such a variety of serious symptoms have city leaders and medical professionals worried about the legal substance.

"It does cause rapid addiction, after the first use, during the first use," says Sheheen.

"We want to move forward now and get this in place so we make sure that non of our young people experience the horrible things young people have experienced," says City of Columbia Councilwoman Dr. Belinda Gergle.

The City of Columbia will have its first of two required readings of an ordinance that will make bath salts and marijuana copycat K2 illegal.

"We're putting forward joint ordinances so the we can be proactive," says Gergle.

The ordinance will be passed in conjunction with a similar ordinance in the workds in Richland County.

"It's sold locally in head shops and stores," says Sheheen. "It's sold as bath salts but it's not really anything you can take a bath in."

News 19 obtained two packs of K2 and 500 miligrams of bath salts for just under $50.

Medical professionals tesitfy the fakes are a hit among young and old people. Professionals use them because they are able to get high without the risk.

Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/article/152150/2/Joint-Ordinances-for-a-Fake-Drug-Problem

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