Synthetic drug use has become a growing problem among local teens. As a parent, what do you need to know about synthetic drugs?
What are synthetic drugs?
The two main forms of synthetic drugs include "synthetic marijuana" and "bath salts." These substances are often sold in legal retail outlets under a variety of names and labeled "not for human consumption" to mask their intended purpose and avoid FDA regulatory oversight of the manufacturing process. But don't be fooled - these drugs can be DEADLY!
Synthetic drugs, including "synthetic marijuana" and "bath salts," are NOT a safe alternative to other forms of drugs.
Synthetic marijuana consists of plant materials that have been sprayed with chemicals (synthetic cannabinoids). Users claim that these chemicals mimic the effects of THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. These drugs are marketed toward young people as a "legal" high and are sold under a variety of names, including "spice," "incense," "K2," "Syn," and "potpourri."
Bath salts contain manmade chemicals related to amphetamines that often consist of methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone, and methylone, also known as substituted cathinones. Bath salts are also referred to as "plant food" and "industrial cleaner."