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DHEC makes Bath Salts and K2 illegal in SC

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Two designer drugs sold in South Carolina stores are now banned.

Bath Salts and K2, known for giving users a legal high, are now illegal to buy, sell, and manufacture.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control made that decision on Monday.

The vote to remove the products came inside a board room at DHEC, putting K2 and Bath Salts in the same category with illegal drugs like marijuana and crystal meth.

According to DHEC, the state and local law enforcement agencies can now make arrests related to these substances and also bring charges to them.

Before Monday's ruling, the main ingredients in both drugs could only be enforced federally by the drug enforcement administration.

But not anymore, now violators could face a $5000 fine or up to five years in prison.

Law enforcement agencies are asking anyone who has the drugs to turn them in to authorities now.

Richland County Sheriff's Captain Chris Cowan says his agency is giving people fifteen days to comply with the new rule.

"You have that grace period but you need to turn those materials in because if you don't we will aggressively enforce it," said Captain Cowan.

Authorities are asking people to call 9-1-1 if you see the drugs still sold in store.

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