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Deputies: Synthetic Drug Law Working In SC

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7 On Your Side has been following this story since it was signed into law in 2012. 7 On Your Side has been following this story since it was signed into law in 2012.
A law in South Carolina is working to close the legal loopholes on synthetic drugs. 7 On Your Side has been following this story since it was signed into law in 2012.

The law stops things like bath salts from hitting the streets. Spartanburg County deputies say because the law is so broad it helps them crack down on synthetic drugs - even if they're modified in some way.

Lt. Ashley Harris says the law has led to a significant decrease in synthetic drug use in the Upstate.

"It's made it hard for them to find loopholes and then make a new drug that's legal and it hits the street," Harris said. "Everything is pretty much illegal beforehand."

You can read the law for yourself by clicking here.

7 On Your Side's sister station WJHL recently reported on a synthetic drug called gravel that is on the rise in the Tri-Cities. Deputies in Sullivan County, TN tell WJHL they've seen nine deadly overdoses resulting from gravel. To read more on that story, click here.

Lt. Harris says meth is their number one problem drug they see in their labs. He says meth has increased significantly in the past 15 years.

"The fact that it is illegal and it's actually got some of the toughest laws that there are," said Harris. "We've tried our best to stop it, but once it gets ahold, it takes a long time for law enforcement or society to get in the way and stop abuse that's already there."




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