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
‘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]
Officials sound the alarm over deadly synthetic fentanyl in Minnesota
Apr. 2016 – Preliminary tests by federal investigators have confirmed fears that a deadly synthetic drug nearly 50 times stronger than heroin has arrived in the Upper Midwest — often with fatal consequences for users. [Full story]
Why synthetic drugs are as scary as you think
Apr. 2016 – Synthetic drugs such as “bath salts,” “K2” or “Spice” have made unsettling headlines lately, with reports of violent, erratic behavior and deaths after people have used the substances. Why are these synthesized drugs so dangerous, and why aren’t there more regulations? [Full story]