Illicit drugs are extremely dangerous, and now we’ve been faced with more danger: the rise of synthetic drugs.
Synthetic drugs contain chemical substances artificially manufactured to mimic the affects of illegal drugs like cannabis, cocaine and methamphetamine. Spice, Molly, Bath Salts, Krokodil, and even heroin, cocaine and crack fall in the category of synthetic drugs, but trends show that Spice and Bath Salts are the most popular and they are easily accessible and exceptionally dangerous.
The rise of synthetic drugs can be explained in 3 points:
- Synthetic drugs fall in a ‘grey area’ within the legal system. States cannot keep up with the variety of chemical compounds being manufactured at such rapid rates that lawmakers are finding it difficult to pass all-encompassing legislation that makes these new drugs fully illegal.
- Synthetic drugs are easily accessible. Consumers can purchase these synthetic drugs at gas stations, convenience stores, smoke shops and even through the internet. One may think if a convenience store sells it, it must be harmless. Wrong – they are far from harmless.
- Synthetic drugs cost less to manufacture, making them more affordable on the streets. This makes the rise of synthetic drugs a big business.
The legislation, accessibility and cost have contributed to the rise of synthetic drugs. Let’s also remember that they are extremely dangerous for these reasons:
- Consumers have no idea what chemicals they are actually ingesting.
- Synthetic drugs have not been tested in humans.
- We have no information on how long they stay in the body, how they are metabolized and more importantly what the long-term physical and psychological effects are.
The rise of synthetic drugs will continue, but we can take a stand and educate each other on the dangers they impose.
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Information on Synthetics that are Being Sold. (n.d.). Retrieved March 16, 2016.