There are already countless incidents proving synthetic drugs have bizarre side effects on users. Despite this, synthetic drugs are still blatantly sold with the intention of attracting a vulnerable demographic- teens looking for easy access to a “high.”
Drug manufacturers have a way of skirting the law in order to sell these substances legally. With synthetic drugs causing problems throughout the region, Marshall University School of Pharmacy professor John Krstenansky explained that the drugs are coming at such a quick pace they can’t be studied.
As Lauren Waugh, a Marshall West Virginia toxicologist with the Department of Forensics, laid it out “Just within the last week there is another new synthetic cannabinoid out there that people are looking for standards for because the drug will come out on the illicit market. People will take the drug and then as analysts in forensic science we have to figure out where to get the standard and how to do the analysis and these drugs just come out faster and faster.”
“The bad guys are three to four steps ahead of law enforcement and five to six steps ahead of clinicians,” said Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, director of emergency medicine at the Broward Health System in Fort Lauderdale.
El Sanadi noted that some patients showed up in emergency rooms with signs of psychosis manifested as hearing voices, hallucinating and paranoid delusions of being chased or attacked.
Although a nationwide ban on synthetic drugs was enforced a year ago it may not have been specific enough.
The Three New Synthetic Drugs
The Drug Enforcement Administration warned parents and schools about three new synthetic drugs that are being sold in the market:
1. “Smiles” is a hallucinogen. The effects are not instantly felt and so users take more dosage, increasing the risk of overdose. Users take “smiles” as small tablets or in powder form that is often mixed with food–chocolate for instance. The side effects include heart palpitations, loss of control, panic and memory loss.
2. “Wet” refers to a marijuana cigarette dipped in liquid Phencyclidine (PCP), or the PCP itself. Side effects include feelings of detachment from reality, hostile behavior and distorted body perception.
3. “Weed Candy” is just an ordinary candy laced with marijuana and/or some other dangerous ingredients. Repeated use of this substance can be a getaway to stronger and even more dangerous drugs.
Narconon Rehab Facilities and Education Programs
Children are the future and it is important that plans for drug prevention are in place. Narconon Rehab Facilities not only treat addiction, but also work on drug prevention and education.
Narconon’s drug education curriculum brings information about the effects of drugs to students in a way that they can relate to. It is easy for them to receive and allows young people to arrive at their own conclusions.
If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or drugs call Narconon East US today at (877) 237-3307. All calls are confidential.