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 36.4%
- Synthetic Cannabinoids 11.3%
- Hallucinogens 4.8%
- Salvia 4.4%
- MDMA (Ecstasy) 3.8%
- Cocaine 2.7%
Source: 2012 National Institute on Drug Abuse
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Autopsy Shows That UND Student Died From Fentanyl Overdose
May 2015 – A University of North Dakota student who was found unresponsive in a home near campus last month died from an overdose of powdered fentanyl, an autopsy released Wednesday shows. Alex Davis, 22, of West Saint Paul, Minnesota, is believed to be the third person in the Grand Forks area who has died this year from ingesting the powerful synthetic drug. A half-dozen people are facing federal charges for dealing fentanyl and other drugs that made people sick. [Full story]