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Home  |  News  |  Richland County Works on Bath Salts Ordinance, Enforcement

Richland County Works on Bath Salts Ordinance, Enforcement
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Richland County, SC (WLTX) -- Just a day after making synthetic drugs like bath salts illegal in South Carolina, the substances could see more of a crack-down in Richland County.

"I've done everything I can to get this moved more quickly," said Richland County Councilman Seth Rose.

Rose says he introduced a county ordinance to ban synthetic drugs around the same time as a similar ordinance in the city of Columbia. He says the county's Development and Services Committee voted to move the process Tuesday afternoon.

"It was forwarded to full council, without a recommendation. It'll be taken up, there will be a first vote at our next council meeting," he said.

Cecily Watkins, a drug prevention specialist with the Lexington-Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, or LRADAC, says the county ordinance will give more guidance to local law enforcement and fills-in for the state ban that could still see more action from lawmakers.

"It's temporary, it also only includes certain chemicals, so we need the ordinance to be a little bit broad, so that all chemicals will be included, any type of synthetic drug," said Watkins.

Rose says he had assistance from the solicitor and sheriff's office coming up with the ordinance, but right now the Richland County Sheriff's Office says it wants to give people time to comply with the new statewide ban of synthetic drugs.

"Giving a 15 day grace period for people to be able to become educated, to become more aware, and then at the end of that 15 day period we will begin aggressively enforcing the new law," said Captain Chris Cowan of the Richland County Sheriff's Office. He says the office has seen deaths, and overdoses related to drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

Cowan says people with the substances should turn them into their local law enforcement office.

Rose says if the county approves its ordinance, it will still take about a month because the full council has to pass the measure three times.

"Hopefully this will be taken off our shelves very soon; we'll have something for local law enforcement to enforce," said Rose.

Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/article/156476/2/Richland-County-Works-on-Bath-Salts-Ordinance-Enforcement

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