Why Are Synthetic Drugs Dangerous?

Why Are Synthetic Drugs Dangerous?

Keeping up with the world of synthetic drugs is an endless game for law enforcement. They are out there, infiltrating the streets and taking over people’s lives. People who tinker with the drugs, change, and alter how the drugs work are making them more lethal than ever. Despite a gray area of legality, synthetic drugs are extremely dangerous. Fentanly and other similar drugs are being created that have severe consequences for people who use them. Find out why they are so dangerous and how to help a loved one using drugs.

Synthetic Stimulants

People often hear about ‘bath salts’ being abused in the news. There are other types of designer stimulants. You might not recognize them when you see it. Manufacturers often deceptively use ‘not for human consumption’ labels on bath salts, cleaners, and plant food to hide the fact they were manufactured for dangerous and recreational drug use. People who use the stimulants often inhale or smoke drugs, but sometimes ingest them. Dangerous side effects may include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Violent behavior
  • Nightmares
  • Stomach problems
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness

People who use ‘bath salts’ can lead to depression, brain damage, kidney, and liver failure, and even death.

Synthetic Cannabinoids

The most commonly used synthetic cannabinoid is often referred to as ‘synthetic marijuana.’ this is a misleading label, because the drugs are more potent than marijuana. They cause a very different response. To create this, drug creators mix toxic chemicals with plant matter. To achieve a high, people smoke or ingest the drug, commonly referred to as Spice, K2, Black Mamba, or Bliss. The symptoms of synthetic cannabinoid use may vary, including:

  • Violent reactions
  • Paranoia
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Violent behavior

Long-Term Effects

When a person uses these types of drugs long-term, the side effects can be devastating. They may include memory loss and paralysis. People who use drugs may also experience withdrawal if they try to quit. Many people who use drugs often are described as ‘zombie-like’ in appearance, moving slowly and struggling to put thoughts together. If you know someone using synthetic stimulants or cannabinoids, it is best to be safe around them. People can become violent quickly while using these drugs. To seek help for a loved one, it is best to find professionals who understand this type of drug and its effects. They may be addicted to the drug or require substance use treatment for side-effects. With the sight support and information, they may be able to save their life from the ravages of addiction.

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