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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 21, 2011

DHEC Board to consider 'bath salts' and synthetic marijuana

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Board of Health and Environmental Control will meet via conference call on Monday, Oct. 24 at 4:30 p.m. to consider adopting designations that have been made at the federal level regarding "bath salts" and synthetic marijuana.

Today's action by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration makes possession of "bath salts" a violation of federal law immediately. Synthetic marijuana has previously been classified by the DEA as a schedule I controlled substance. The board will consider adopting both federal designations to make possession of both substances a violation of state law.

The meeting agenda is on DHEC's website.

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For media inquiries:
Adam Myrick - (803) 898-3884
Email - myrickar@dhec.sc.gov