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Synthetic Cannabinoids

Cannabinoid chemicals are sprayed onto plant material and smoked to appear like marijuana.
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Synthetic Cathinones

Often known as “bath salts,” cathinones contain amphetamine-like stimulants that can be ingested orally, injected or snorted.
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What is Vapor?

Vapor

Liquid forms of synthetic cannabinoids are ingested using a vapor pen or electronic cigarette that produces little to no odor.
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Synthetic drug facts

Synthetic drug facts

Synthetic drugs include any substance that aims to mimic the effects of illegal chemicals and may contain stimulant, depressant, or hallucinogenic properties.

What to look for

What to look for

Synthetic drug packaging can range from plastic tubes or bottles to brightly colored foil packets.

What to say

What to say

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

F.A.Q.

Get the answers to your synthetic drug related questions.

Synthetic Cannabinoid (yellow) and Cathinone (black) Exposure Calls

Hennepin Regional Poison Control Center, January 2010 – June 2014

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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

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

350x-1132-e1354152052659Jan. 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

Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 10.04.51 AMJan. 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]

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