Synthetic drugs are dangerous drugs that are man-made, which means they are created to mimic the effects of controlled substances but are not real drugs. They can have a higher overdose rate, especially for young people. Find out more of the dangers and risks of synthetic drugs and how to seek help for issues related to synthetic drug use.
What Are Synthetic Drugs
Some of the synthetic drugs on the market take different forms, including:
Synthetic drugs are mostly manufactured in laboratories in China. The substances are smuggled into the United States and packaged for individual sale. Synthetic drugs are often sold in convenience stores or on the street in colorful packaging with names that appeal to younger people. These drugs are illegally distributed in shops that sell drug paraphernalia over the internet. One commonly used drug is synthetic cannabinoids. These are known as ‘Spice’ or ‘K2,’ with chemicals that simulate biological effects of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Spice is often sprayed with dangerous chemicals which can be ingested when smoked.
Cathinones, known as ‘bath salts,’ can produce pharmacological effects similar to MDMA (Ecstasy), meth, and cocaine. Synthetic cathinones are usually in powder or crystal form and ingested by snoring or swallowing the substance. Negative side effects can include:
- Heart attack
- Kidney or liver failure
- Panic attacks
- Abnormal breakdown of muscles
These drugs are manufactured in China and smuggled into the U.S. They are then sold over the internet or inside convenient stories. The colorful packaging catches people’s eyes with names like ‘White Lightning,’ ‘Scarface’ or ‘Hurricane Charlie.’ These drugs can be lethal for some people.
Prevention of Drug Abuse
There are ways people can prevent use of synthetic drugs. Communication and education are key for young people, and also older adults who are addicted to drugs. The dangers cannot be overstated about the effects of synthetic and just regular drugs. If a person is struggling with addiction to drugs it is best ot seek help from recognized sources like inpatient, outpatient and other rehab facilities and trained persons who understand addiction and recovery.
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