What are synthetic drugs?
Synthetic drugs are any type of drug that are man-made using chemicals. The most common synthetic drugs are bath salts and spice (synthetic marijuana). Synthetic drugs can be very dangerous to use.
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How do synthetic drugs affect me?
Synthetic drugs causes feelings of pleasure for the person using it. However, using synthetic drugs has many dangerous side effects, including:
- raised blood pressure and heart rate
- increased breathing rate
- increased paranoia
- seeing, hearing, and feeling things that are not there
- violent outbursts
- panic attacks
- heart attack
Synthetic drugs can also cause hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD) which means, even after a person has stopped using these drugs, they may still experience hallucinations.
Why are synthetic drugs so dangerous?
Because these types of drugs are new, they is little legal regulation when making or selling them. No package of bath salts and spice are made the same. The people who make these products are constantly trying to stay ahead of the law and regularly change the chemicals used in each batch.
Because there are little to no standards by which these drugs are made, the contents and strength of these drugs varies greatly. This means that a person who has previously used synthetic drugs could come into contact with a drug of much greater potency than to which they are used to. This, combined with the tolerance and physical dependence of either drugs, can easily result in an overdose or death.