Social and Behavioral Issues

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Emotional Effects of Synthetic Use

Synthetic drugs are known for causing unpredictable behavior in users. According to the National institute on Drug Abuse, common behavioral issues may include, but are not limited to:

  • Extreme anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Aggression
  • Paranoia
  • Panic attacks
  • Violence
  • Unpredictable behavior
  • Addiction
  • Withdrawal symptoms


Behavioral Effects of Synthetic Use (Learn more)

  • Drop in attendance or performance at work or school; loss of interest in extracurricular activities, hobbies, sports or exercise; decreased motivation
  • Complaints from co-workers, supervisors, teachers or classmates
  • Unusual or unexplained need for money or financial problems; borrowing or stealing; missing money or valuables
  • Silent, withdrawn, engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors
  • Sudden change in relationships, friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies
  • Frequently getting into trouble (arguments, fights, accidents, illegal activities)


Psychological Effects of Synthetic Use (Learn more)

  • Unexplained change in personality or attitude
  • Sudden mood changes, irritability, angry outbursts or laughing at nothing
  • Periods of unusual hyperactivity or agitation
  • Lack of motivation; inability to focus, appearing lethargic or “spaced out”
  • Appearing fearful, withdrawn, anxious or paranoid, with no apparent reason

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