Common Questions

How prevalent are synthetic drugs?

In a study done by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, synthetic drugs were found to be most popular among teenagers and young adults. When it comes to illicit drug use among high-school seniors, synthetic drugs rank second only to marijuana use and they are nearly twice as likely to be abused by men as women.

Are Synthetic Drugs Legal?

Synthetic drugs are illegal and are included in schedule I of the controlled substance schedules in Minnesota as of 2011. Schedule I drugs are defined as drugs that have a high potential for abuse with no accepted medical use.

Minnesota Legislature ruled to take a separate approach for penalizing trafficking and possession synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic cathinones:

Synthetic Cathinones

  • Trafficking: Individual is subject to a 15-year felony
  • Possession: Individual is subject to a 5-year felony

Synthetic Cannabinoids

  • Trafficking: Individual is subject to a 5-year felony
  • Possession: Individuals may face a misdemeanor penalty

For more information on Minnesota’s Legislation regarding synthetic drugs, refer to The Select Committee on Controlled Substances & Synthetic Drugs most recent Report and Recommendations.

How should I report the abuse or trafficking of synthetic drugs?

If you witness or are in the presence of synthetic drugs being abused or trafficked, contact your local law enforcement immediately.

What should I do in the case of an emergency?

In the case of an emergency, call an ambulance, or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room. You can also reach Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.

Where do I find treatment resources?

Minnesota has outstanding resources for treatment and recovery. You can find help here:

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