Synthetic drugs, aka “designer drugs”, have seen a major resurgence in popularity during the past decade. These drugs are tailor designed to have specific effects that make them have a high potential for abuse. Many of these drugs are specifically designed to circumvent current drug laws, thus allowing them to be sold legally. Here is a list of some of the currently most popular synthetic drugs.
Synthetic Cannabinoids (marijuana)
Synthetic marijuana, under brand names such as K2/Spice, has gained widespread use in many areas of the country. The chemical compounds of these drugs continue to change, thus staying one step ahead of the laws trying to outlaw them. This has the consequence of the user never really knowing what they are using, with each batch tending to vary.
Synthetic Cathinones, aka “Bath Salts”
Synthetic cathinones gained the nickname “Bath Salts” from how one company chose to market them as such to skirt the laws. These drugs have strong stimulant-like effects, and can lead to paranoia and hallucinations in higher doses. Users entering a state of temporary psychosis and committing bizarre crimes on the drug brought it to national attention around 2011. Despite this attention, its popularity persists.
Ecstasy, also known as MDMA or Molly, is one of the most well-known designer drugs. Ecstasy first gained popularity as a nightclub/dance drug in the 1980s, and continues to be to this day. The drug is known to produce intense euphoria, sensitivity to touch, and mild visual hallucinations. Ecstasy has profound negative effects on the brain, and with long-term use can be quite destructive on heavy users lives.
The most deadly of the synthetic/designer drugs that are currently popular is without question fentanyl and fentanyl-related analogues. Fentanyl is a strong synthetic opioid compound that can be cheaply produced and is potentially fatal with only microgram dosages. A recent trend of fentanyl-laced heroin plaguing cities was responsible for over 20,000 overdose deaths in 2016 alone.
Treatment for Designer Drug Addiction
Despite their legality, designer drugs are still drugs. And just like more conventional drug use, addiction to them requiring treatment is a growing trend. Treatment provides the greatest advantage to achieving long-term sobriety from these dangerous drugs.
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