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Images from Shutterstock.com The different types of synthetic drugs: History: Brand names like "Spice" first starting appearing in Europe in 2004. Released by the now-dormant company The Psyche Deli in London, UK. How does the brain get addicted? Synthetic Drugs By: Josh Miller
Hawa Salad what are Synthetic Drugs? Crime violence associated
with use/abuse On May 26th, 2012, a man named Randy Eugene was stopped by four police bullets, say authorities, he had gnawed the face of the victim. He was believed to have ingested bath salts, which made him do things he would normally not do. Positive Alternative Coping Strategies: Laws Last Tuesday in St.Croix senators passed a bill that outlaws synthetic marijuana and bath salts. This bill adds penalty to the possession and trafficking of synthetic drugs. Recent News Story:
At least 38 states have taken action to control one or more of these chemicals. Prior to 2010, synthetic cannabinoids were not controlled by any State or at the Federal level.
Congress has taken initial steps to ban many of these substances, and the Administration has sought to support their efforts.
The Synthetic Drug Control Act (HR 1254) was approved by the House of Representatives on December 8, 2011. The Department of Justice has issued a “views letter” in support of the Act.
In the Senate, several pieces of legislation concerning synthetic drugs are pending, including one that deals specifically with synthetic cannabinoids. They are sold as, crystals, powders and liquids with a variety of names including, but not limited to: Bliss, Raving Dragon, Blue Light , Cloud 9,Blue Silk, Purple Tranquility, Charge, Zoom 2 , Cosmic Blast, Aura Listening to music Extracurricular Activities
"Food of Desire" (Chocolate! CAKE!) Resources for help: Rehab Centers
Mental Health Clinics Synthetic drugs are chemically laced substances similar to marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine that are sold over the counter at some convenience stores, gas stations and tobacco shops.Based on their chemical make-up, these drugs are commonly divided into two categories:
*Cannabinoids: Popularly known as K2 or Spice, cannabinoids are chemically formulated versions of synthetic marijuana that consist of lab-manufactured THC.Sold as “herbal smoking mixture”, is clearly marked as not for human consumption. It can contain untested chemicals, with unknown toxicity, addiction potential, long-term effects and allergic reactions.
*Cathinones :Often known as “bath salts”, cathinones contain chemical compounds that mimic the effects of cocaine or meth.Bath Salts” are a designer drug that has recently become available. This is a powerful drug that causes severe side- effects. One reason that synthetic drugs are extremely dangerous is that buyers don’t know what chemicals they are ingesting. Individual products can contain a vast range of different chemical formulations and potencies, some of which can be two to 500 times stronger than THC. Why are they dangerous? Some drugs, such as marijuana and heroin, can activate neurons because their chemical structure mimics that of a natural neurotransmitter. This similarity in structure "fools" receptors and allows the drugs to lock onto and activate the nerve cells. Long Term Side-Affects: Kidney failure
Increased risk of suicide
Long term mental illness
Death Short term side-affects Severe paranoia
Hallucinations Chest pain
Decreased need for sleep
Lack of appetite
Self-mutilation Bibliography: Synthetic Drugs." Synthetic. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 201. <http://www.alleganyhealthdept.com/addictions/Synthetic%20Drugs%20-%20ACHD%20web.pdf>. Synthetic Drugs (a.k.a. K2, Spice, Bath Salts, Etc.)." Weblog post. The White House. The White House.gov, n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2013. <http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/ondcp-fact-sheets/synthetic-drugs-k2-spice-bath-salts>. "Navy's Disturbing Bath Salts PSA." Military and Veteran Benefits, News and Employment. The Military, 5 Jan. 2013. Web. 28 Apr. 2013. <http://www.military.com/video/forces/navy/navys-disturbing-bath-salts-psa/2073209053001/>. True or False 1. Taking Bath Salts can result in severe paranoia.
2. The brand name, Spice, started appearing in Europe in the year 2006.
3. Last Friday, St. Croix senators passed a bill that outlawed synthetic marijuana and bath salts.
4.At least 38 states have taken action to control one or more of these chemicals.
5. Inhaling bath salts or any kind of drugs will not affect your rational thinking.