Synthetic Drugs Part 1
If you’re feeling intense stress from school, work or life in general, you are probably looking for a way to decompress from the stress. Say a friend finds out about your stress, and offers you an interesting looking tea bag, and they tell you it will make everything alright. They have most likely just handed you a bag of ‘bath salts’ A.K.A. synthetic cathinone. Synthetic drugs can mimic the effects of natural drugs, such as energy and mood elevation, and can come in packaging that have the appearance of being legal, making them seem acceptable. Synthetic drugs have become increasingly popular with young adults, especially high-school age students. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, 1 in 9 high school seniors reported using synthetic Marijuana in the last year (Monitoring the Future survey, 2012). Other forms of synthetic drugs are Spice/K2 (synthetic marijuana), Ecstasy, LSD, and Methamphetamine.
It has been reported that synthetic drugs are more dangerous and more addictive then natural drugs. According to drugabuse.gov, on their Drug Facts page about synthetic cathinones (bath salts), one study found that a common synthetic cathinone (MDVP) affects the brain like cocaine does, only the effect of MDVP is 10 times stronger (Bauman et al., 2013). There is no way to know what is in synthetic drugs because of how and where they are made. The synthetic drugs could be made up of many dangerous ingredients that can cause harmful side effects. Many new synthetic drugs are introduced each year to the public, making it hard to create regulations against certain ingredients. For the next few weeks we will be talking about several different synthetic drugs and their effects on our bodies, so stay tuned! If you’re struggling with drug use or have other questions stop by or call us to chat with someone about your situation; 1.866.538.8023.
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