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Synthetic designer drugs are substances of abuse that are frequently not under international control but constitute a significant public health threat in the United States.

With names like Spice, K2, No More Mr. Nice Guy and hundreds of others, the designer drugs, often called synthetic marijuana, are in reality very different from marijuana. They contain powerful chemicals called cannabimimetics and can cause unpredictable, dangerous medical and psychiatric consequences.

What exactly are designer drugs?

To understand synthetic marijuana and other man-made drugs, one has to know what a designer drug is—a synthetic version of an illegal drug. Its chemical composition is slightly altered to avoid classification as illegal. It is essentially an experiment by an underground chemist to create a new “legal” drug.

When law enforcement identifies the synthetic drug and outlaws it, underground chemists create yet another altered version that now escapes “illegal” classification. And so the cycle repeats. Since 2009, U.S. law enforcement officials have encountered more than 240 new synthetic compounds, including 99 synthetic cannabinoids, 52 synthetic cathinones and 89 other compounds.

In 2012, President Obama signed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act, banning 26 types of synthetic drugs nationwide. The list included cannabinoids, or marijuana-like downers, including Spice, which are chemically similar to marijuana’s active ingredient THC, and cathinones, methamphetamine-like uppers often called bath salts.

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Why are synthetic designer drugs so dangerous?

These drugs are made specifically to be abused. Like many other illegal drugs, synthetic marijuana is not tested for safety, and users cannot know exactly what chemicals they are putting into their bodies.

Two major seizures of synthetic marijuana found that the drugs had been treated with insecticides and rat poison. Public safety officials suspect the poisons are being added to make the spice more potent and to give it hallucinogenic effects, but they are also sending users of the drug to the hospital.

The National Institute of Drug Abuse has noted that when individuals take synthetic substances, the drugs capture the key part of the brain governing critical functions such as temperature control, foodintake, perception, memory and problem solving.

These synthetic drugs can be extremely dangerous and addictive. Health effects from the drugs can be life-threatening and can include:

  • Severe agitation and anxiety.
  • Fast, racing heartbeat and higher blood pressure.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Muscle spasms, seizures, and tremors.
  • Intense hallucinations and psychotic episodes.
  • Suicidal and other harmful thoughts and/or actions.

If you or a loved one has become dependent on synthetic designer drugs or any other substance, please call recoveryas.com today to begin the process of releasing their hold on you. A call to 1 (877) 968-6283 will start you on the road to a clean and sober life. And you will never be charged for our services.