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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Bath Salts, Smiles and Spice: The Dangers of Synthetic Drugs
Jun. 2016 – They are a serious public health threat. In order to circumvent existing drug laws — as well as evade urine testing that would identify them — unscrupulous manufacturers are constantly creating new formulas, which means no one knows what these drugs consist of, what the health effects are or what dosages are dangerous. [Full story]
Scientists, US Post Office team up to fight synthetic drug
Jun. 2016 – Investigators at the National Forensic Lab with the US Postal Inspection Services are now working together to fight back against the trafficking of illegal synthetic drugs through the mail. [Full story]
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]