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
In The News
How dealers are evading police with deadly synthetic drugs
May 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
May 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
Apr. 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]