Synthetic drugs include any substance that aims to mimic the effects of illegal chemicals and may contain stimulant, depressant, or hallucinogenic properties.
Synthetic drug packaging can range from plastic tubes or bottles to brightly colored foil packets.
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.
Synthetic Cannabinoid (yellow) and Cathinone (black) Exposure Calls
Hennepin Regional Poison Control Center, January 2010 – June 2014
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
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