the danger of synthetic drugs

Here is some helpful information on the danger of synthetic drugs.

The Danger of Synthetic Drugs

Synthetic drugs are dangerous man made drugs created to mimic the effect of controlled substances. These drugs come in different forms such as:

  • Liquids
  • Herbs
  • Powders
  • Pills

Overdose deaths from synthetic drug abuse are becoming more prevalent in our country, particularly among the younger generation. People who abuse synthetic drugs are putting themselves at grave risk because they do not know the origin or chemical makeup of the drug and may often overdose and die from a single dose. The drugs are also illegally distributed in shops that sell drug paraphernalia and over the Internet.

Drug 1: Synthetic marijuana

One of the most commonly used synthetic drugs in the United States is synthetic cannabinoids. Synthetic cannabinoids are also commonly known as “Spice” and “K2”. These chemicals are synthesized in clandestine laboratories to simulate the biological effects of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

Drug 2: Fentanyl

There is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved version of fentanyl sold and legally administered by physicians in the United States. Fentanyl is the most potent pain killer available for use in medical treatment. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and up to 50 times more potent than heroin. Fentanyl is principally used to treat severe pain in cancer patients and is used as an anesthetic during surgery.

Drug 3: Cathinones (“Bath salts”)

Cathinones, also commonly known as “bath salts” can produce pharmacological effects similar to MDMA (Ecstasy), cocaine and methamphetamine. Synthetic cathinones are usually in powder or crystal form and are ingested by swallowing or snorting the substance. Negative side effects of synthetic cathinone use include:

  • Heart attack
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure
  • Paranoia
  • Panic attacks

Drug 4: Molly

Molly is a synthetic drug marketed as MDMA or Ecstasy. According to the DEA, only 13% of the Molly sold in the U.S. actually contains any MDMA. Molly is sold as a powder or in pill form and is ingested orally or by inhalation. The drug acts as a hallucinogen or stimulant.

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