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Randolph County is joining the effort to rid the area of dangerous synthetic hallucinogens known as bath salts.

A second reading of a new ordinance and public hearing was held Thursday.

The ordinance would ban in the county advertising, possession, use, purchase and/or distribution of substituted cathinones, commonly known as bath salts, as well as synthetic cannabinoids and certain other synthetic drugs.

"We just want to try to head it off before it becomes a major issue in the county, because the law enforcement hands are full with the other drug problems that we have in the area, and I think this is just another tool in their tool kit to hold those types of issues down," said Mike Taylor, county commissioner.

The ordinance will go into effect 30 days from passage.

Similar ordinances have passed in Upshur, Lewis, and Harrison counties.