The Ever Changing Synthetic Drug Dilemma
Written by brian on December 8, 2011
As if there were not enough drugs for parents to worry about their kids abusing, now synthetic drugs are popping up all around the country. Synthetic drugs can be defined as chemically synthesized non-organic drugs such as K2, spice or bath salts and are quickly gaining popularity and becoming a major issue that both law enforcement and parents are being forced to deal with.
The problem that comes with synthetic drugs is that even though the US government has made laws to ban the dangerous drugs, it seems the manufacturers stay one step ahead of the game. The manufacturers of synthetic drugs have such an array of different chemicals at their disposal that it is not hard for them to change the ingredients of their drugs slightly to make it legal again. It is a constant cat and mouse game between the government and manufacturers. When a ban is put on one drug, another seems to hit the shelf. The difficulty with preventing individuals from abusing synthetic drugs is that most of them are available at local gas stations and head shops where drug paraphernalia can be purchased.
While many of the synthetic drugs for sale are advertised as safe alternatives to other drugs, like marijuana, there are horror stories of people dying while abusing them. There have been reports of people having such severe hallucinations that they either caused serious harm to themselves or committed suicide.
Synthetic drugs have proven that they are more than capable of causing severe cardiovascular problems, as young adults without high blood pressure or high cholesterol have had heart attacks as a result of abusing synthetic drugs. Just as illegal street drugs, like heroin and crack, synthetic drugs have the potential to leave those who abuse it dead.