Synthetic Drug Prevention
Poisoning is now the leading cause of death from injuries in the United States and nearly 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs.
There are many newer drugs of concern emerging that are available in stores or online that are labeled for legal purchase. As parents and community members we need to be aware of and warn young people about these drugs that can be fatal with even one try:
- K2/Spice – Cause hallucinogenic effects similar to the effects of PCP. This product is sold in tobacco shops, head shops and convenience stores and sold as “incense” marked “not for human consumption”. This drug is often smoked but can also be mixed with food or drink.
- Bath Salts – Contains hallucinogenic mind-altering chemicals similar to those found in cocaine and ecstasy. Labeled “for novelty use only’ and “not for human consumption” so it bypasses FDA regulations. Sold most frequently online and in some tobacco/smoke shops as a novelty item.
- Bomo-Dragonfly – Synthetic psychedelic hallucinogenic drug usually in the form of blotter paper (similar to LSD), powder form and occasionally a pill. Bromo-Dragonfly is unscheduled in the United States, sales for human consumption or possession with intent to ingest could be prosecuted under the Federal Analogue Act. Increasing sales shown from online distributors to buyers in the U.S.
- The “2C” Family– Often identified as the NBOMe” group of synthetics. Though use of the many variations in the 2C family drug are not as widespread as K2/Spice & Bath Salts, it is steadily rising across the nation with increased use showing up through ER visits, drug courts & probation. There are many overdose and related deaths associated with this drug.
- Meow Meow – This is a new and latest designer “club” drug. Sold as plant food/fertilizer most often over the Internet as a “boutique alternative” to Miracle-Gro. Forms vary from a clear/white powder, crystals, capsules or pills.
- Krokodil – The flesh eating synthetic is a derivative of morphine that is many times more powerful than heroin. Also called Desomorphine, this powerful short-lasting drug causes the strongest levels of addiction and is the hardest to cure. Krokodil users are identifiable because of a smell created by the iodine ingredient. This is an epidemic in Russia where a main ingredient (codeine pills) are sold without a prescription.