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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2 sentenced for dealing synthetic drug that led to overdoses
Feb. 2016 – FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A federal judge on Monday gave two 19-year-old men prison sentences of more than three years for dealing a powerful synthetic drug that led to numerous overdoses and at least one death in northeastern North Dakota. [Full story]
Synthetic marijuana caused Chandler Jones’ hospitalization
Jan. 2016 – A little more light has come to the curious case of Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones. According to Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe, Jones’s “confused” reaction which required hospitalization was triggered by synthetic marijuana. [Full story]
What’s in that synthetic drug? An unknown grab-bag of toxic chemicals
Jan. 2016 -The synthetic drug Spice is known as “fake pot,” but its effects are completely different from marijuana. The hard-to-detect substances are often made in foreign facilities with an ever-changing cocktail of chemicals, meaning you can never be sure of what you’re taking. This year, poison control hotlines have seen a record number of calls across the country. William Brangham reports. [Full story]