Some things in today’s world aren’t like the “good ole’ days” – illegal drugs included. Synthetic drugs are a growing problem among today’s drug using culture.
Synthetic drugs hit retail store shelves and gas stations several years ago. Although the DEA has scrambled to outlaw synthetic drugs and their compounds since 2011, some forms are still easily obtainable through online outlets and others who sell them “under the table.” Some work-around the DEA’s regulations and change the chemical compounds.
What are synthetic drugs?
Unlike traditional marijuana that grows in the ground, synthetic drugs are made up of chemical compounds. Masked as drugs offering similar effects to traditional cannabis (marijuana) or other common drugs, synthetic drugs actually offer intensified and more dangerous effects.
Synthetic drug “highs” have resulted in ER room visits, comas and fatalities.
Common Brand Names of Synthetic Drugs
- K2 (synthetic marijuana)
- Molly (MDMA or ecstasy)
- Bath Salts (also marketed as plant feeder, insect repellent and stain remover)
- Black Mamba
- Bombay Blue
Learn more about Synthetic Drugs from the Partnership for Drug Free America.