Synthetic substances that are made through the use of chemicals in order to mimic the effects of naturally made or controlled substances. Typically, synthetic drugs are created to avoid having the substance classified as illegal or to create a black market substitute for a legal prescription. The most well-known synthetic drugs include fentanyl, molly, bath salts, LSD, N-BOMe, and synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or spice.
Synthetic drugs can be extremely dangerous for a number of reasons. First, synthetic substances can be far more potent than their naturally made or controlled counterparts, creating a grave risk of overdose. For example, fentanyl is believed to be 50-100 times more potent than heroin and it is believed to be one of the main factors contributing to the dramatic rise in fatal opioid overdoses in the United States over the past several years.
Synthetic substances are also uniquely dangerous because their chemical makeup is always changing. This makes it is basically impossible for the end user to know what they are ingesting or how large a dosage they have actually taken, putting them at a greater risk of fatal overdose.
Despite the inability to understand the precise chemical makeup of synthetic substances, they all have the potential to become addictive, so it is important to seek competent and professional help at the first sign of use or abuse.
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