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Graham County man makes grassroots effort to ban bath salts

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A Graham County man said he has seen too many of his friends and neighbors take bath salts, and now he is trying to ban the dangerous substances from stores in his town.

"The reason why we're doing this is to try to stop the sale of bath spice in Graham County," Jose Hernandez said.

Hernandez created the Facebook page, "Graham County AZ Against Synthetic Drugs" about two days ago. He said his mission is to pressure two local shops from selling bath salts and spice.

"It's sad to see people that are on it that are acting reckless or violent because of the ways these chemicals act," he said.

"I have seen a few friends on these drugs before, both bath salts and spice. So I do know how if affects them and I've seen it personally," he continued.

We reached out to Beverage Palace and Exile Ink, the two businesses in Safford that Hernandez said are selling these drugs. Employees at both stores denied selling the bath salts or spices.

However, according to a spokesperson with Mount Graham Regional Medical Center, over the past four months, there have been more than 10 cases of people rushed to the emergency room because of these dangerous drugs. 

Hernandez said he plans to present the petition to the two businesses once he gets more signatures. If they do not remove the bath salts and spice, he said he will protest in front of their businesses.

So far, there are about five dozen signatures on the online petition. 

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