Synthetic drugs are rapidly becoming the “next big thing” for teen drug use. They have been sold over the counter for a little a $10.00, at head shops, online and even gas stations. They are often falsely labeled as “herbal incense” or “plant food”, therefore they are not subject to FDA regulation. Falsely labeling these drugs is also how teens have been able to purchase them legally. The two most popular drugs are synthetic marijuana and “bath salts”. The DEA and Monitoring the Future have only had synthetic marijuana on their radar since 2011.
Synthetic Marijuana Among Most Popular
It is packaged much like a marijuana product. Users often think it’s a safer alternative, but the dangerous high has more in common with LSD or cocaine. Teens appear to be synthetic marijuana’s main abusers, with 11.4 percent of high school seniors having experimented with it in 2011, making it the second most abused drug for teens, next to marijuana. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), they received 2,906 calls related to synthetic marijuana in 2010 and 6,959 calls in 2011. In January of 2012 alone, they’ve received 639 calls, putting 2012 in line to pass 2011’s numbers.
Bath Salts Often Marketed As Plant Food
The effects of “bath salts” are even more horrific than that of synthetic marijuana and are considered the new LSD on the streets. Users often snort, shoot up or mixed it with food or drink. “Bath salts” are known to contain the chemical mephedrone, which studies in the United Kingdom have shown to have a high risk for overdose. Much like synthetic marijuana the number of calls received by the AAPCC regarding “bath salts” has sky rocketed. In 2010 they received only 304 calls as opposed to an astounding 6,138 in 2011.
A Scary Reality
In July President Obama signed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Act 2012, but as The Drug Enforcement Administration, recognizing in 2011, that by outlawing the five chemicals consistently found in the product, the manufacturers will continue to rapidly concoct a new formula often only one molecule apart from the illegal formula as they have in the past. The price and ease that these drugs are to obtain often gives the user the idea that they are in the same league as marijuana and other gateway drugs, but that’s is far from the truth. Research has shown that they are much more addictive and powerful.
To give you an idea of what these drugs are capable of doing, to some after their very first time trying them, they experience extreme paranoia, nausea, seizures, hallucinations, agitation, vomiting, tremor, tachycardia (racing heartbeat), elevated blood pressure and anxiety. Synthetic drugs have been described as cocaine only ten times worse. However, unlike cocaine and drugs from the past these do not show up on common drug tests. When teens are aware of the health risks of taking drugs they are less likely to experiment with them.
These dangerous drugs are very new to the drug scene and hopefully education of the side effects could help teens during times of peer pressure.
Narconon rehab centers and other treatment groups across the country have seen spikes in the numbers of people struggling with this problem as well. This has especially been a problem for young adults.
The facility warns to look for signs of abuse listed above and if you suspect someone is abusing synthetic drugs, get them immediate help. Statistics show that with long term, drug free treatment one can fully overcome substance abuse problems.
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