Published: Nov 26, 2013 4:28 PM EST
Updated: Nov 26, 2013 4:43 PM EST

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - There's new effort in Charlotte County to crack down on synthetic drugs.  Monday, county leaders unanimously approved an ordinance that would make it illegal to sell synthetic drugs in stores.    

Deputies say this is all an effort to protect youth in the area.

"I don't think the merchants necessarily are doing this to be illegal or circumvent the law.  There's companies that do it, it's a profitable thing when they come out.  If it's used for the right thing it would be fine but it's not being just used for that," says Major Jim Kenville with the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office.

The ordinance will take effect January first.  Until then, Sheriff's deputies will educate local businesses about it and request voluntary compliance.