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
In The News
Bismarck jury finds owner, manager of ND skate shop guilty of selling synthetic drugs
July 2015 – A jury has found the owner and manager of a skate shop in Bismarck guilty of operating a business where synthetic drugs were sold. Jurors found Discontent owner Thomas Teply, of Moorhead, Minnesota, guilty of four counts related to the sale of synthetic drugs and paraphernalia. The jury convicted manager Steven Johnson, of Bismarck, three charges, including possession of synthetic cannabinoids with intent to deliver. [Full story]
Sen. Klobuchar Introduces SALT Act to Fight Synthetic Drugs
June 2015 – Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is making another push to battle the growing epidemic of synthetic drugs. The Democrat spoke on the Senate floor to tell colleagues about a bipartisan bill she’s introduced with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina). [Full story]