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Synthetic Cannabinoids

Cannabinoid chemicals are sprayed onto plant material and smoked to appear like marijuana.
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Synthetic Cathinones

Often known as “bath salts,” cathinones contain amphetamine-like stimulants that can be ingested orally, injected or snorted.
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What is Vapor?

Vapor

Liquid forms of synthetic cannabinoids are ingested using a vapor pen or electronic cigarette that produces little to no odor.
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Synthetic drug facts

Synthetic drug facts

Synthetic drugs include any substance that aims to mimic the effects of illegal chemicals and may contain stimulant, depressant, or hallucinogenic properties.

What to look for

What to look for

Synthetic drug packaging can range from plastic tubes or bottles to brightly colored foil packets.

What to say

What to say

If you have concern that someone you know may be using synthetic drugs, it is important address the issue directly, with the individual’s best interest in mind.

Frequently Asked Questions

F.A.Q.

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Synthetic Cannabinoid (yellow) and Cathinone (black) Exposure Calls

Hennepin Regional Poison Control Center, January 2010 – June 2014

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Past-Year Use of Illicit Drugs by High School Seniors (percent)

  • Marijuana/Hashish 35.1%
  • Adderall 6.8%
  • Synthetic Cannabinoids 5.8%
  • Hallucinogens 4.0%
  • Salvia 1.8%
  • MDMA (Ecstasy) 3.6%
  • Inhalants 1.9%

Source: 2014 National Institute on Drug Abuse

In The News

How dealers are evading police with deadly synthetic drugs

Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 1.04.51 PMMay 2016 -A new strategy by drug dealers to evade the law is catching up to them. A mother and son duo recently pleaded guilty to distributing about $6 million worth of drugs. Yet dealers continue playing a shell game in hopes of making new users out of people who might not normally try drugs. [Full story]

 

This new street drug is 10,000 times more potent than morphine

Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 10.17.45 AMMay 2016 -It was first developed in a Canadian lab more than three decades ago, promising and potent — and intended to relieve pain in a less addictive way. [Full story]

‘Not for Human Consumption’ — The Glut of Synthetic Psychoactive Drugs on the Horizon

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 12.30.47 PMApr. 2016 -We have heard a lot about K2 (Spice, Black Mamba and other quaint names), the synthetic “marijuana” that has been ravaging people and cities. The use and abuse of synthetic, illicit drugs has become a public health crisis that is not going away, and in fact it may become more serious. [Full story]

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