The South Carolina Board of Health and Environmental Control will hold a conference call on Monday to consider adopting federal standards regarding bath salts and synthetic marijuana.
On Friday, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration made 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.
DHEC's board will meet at 4:30 p.m. The meeting agenda is available here on DHEC's website.
Adam Myrick, public information director for DHEC, said that the agency hoped to echo on the state level what DEA had done on a federal level.
"We encourage anyone in possession of these illegal substances to make arrangements with local law enforcement to turn the items in as soon as possible," Myrick said.
Throughout the past month, a number of local governments have passed their own emergency bans. Action by DHEC would result in the first statewide ban of bath salts and synthetic marijuana.