How does a Synthetic Drug affect the body?

Synthetic drugs may have the similar stimulant, depressant or hallucinogenic properties as natural drugs, but the health risks are often far more extreme.

While there is still much to be learned about synthetic drugs, research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse has found many of these drugs affect mood and perception to a far greater extent than typical stimulants. This results in a greater chance of abuse as users seek the same sense of euphoria and distorted perceptions they initially received from the substances, through increased dosages or moving up to more potent versions of the drug. What makes synthetic drugs more dangerous than other types of drugs is in the unpredictability in the chemical compounds used to manufacture the substances and the variance in potencies from package to package.

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