Over the course of the past several years, the mergence of several new prevalent strains of synthetic drug have repeatedly made headlines based on their absurd side effects and extremely lethal chemical combinations. From bath salts to spice and everything in between, synthetic drugs are now more popular than they ever have been – abused by men and women of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds. Adolescents and young adults are purchasing synthetic drugs based on their accessibility and affordability, military personnel are engaging in synthetic drug abuse based on lack of detection in drug tests, and recovering addicts are using such drugs as mistakenly ‘safe’ alternatives to their original drugs of choice. More and more individuals across the country are entering treatment for dependencies on synthetic drugs, and the widespread abuse of such dangerous chemical substances is quickly becoming one of the largest drug-related issue that nation as a whole faces.
What Are Synthetic Drugs?
Synthetic drugs possess properties and effects similar to known narcotics or hallucinogens, but have slightly altered chemical structures. In most cases, drugs like these are created in order to evade restrictions against illegal substances – they mimic the actual substance to a certain degree, but because they are synthetically manufactured the risks involved have proven far more significant. Once one synthetic substance becomes illegal, chemists simply alter the chemical compounds slightly to evade arrest and continue marketing and selling the product – making compiling a comprehensive list entirely impossible. The most frequently abused synthetic drugs are “bath salts” (synthetic cocaine) and “spice” or “K2” (synthetic marijuana). These drugs are sold at gas stations and head shops under deceptive guises and seemingly child-friendly packaging, making them appealing to adolescents and undetectably dangerous to the unsuspecting. Like other chemical substances, synthetic drugs are highly addictive, meaning that those who are heavily involved will continue use regardless of negative consequences.
Signs and Symptoms of Synthetic Drug Abuse
If you believe that someone you love is battling a potential addiction to synthetic drugs, there are several very distinct symptoms you should look for.
- Suicidal tendencies and potential attempts
- Homicidal tendencies
- Chest pain
- Overheating leading to clothing removal
- Self-destructive and self-harming behaviors
- Heart attack
Like any other highly addictive chemical substance, those who are addicted to synthetic drugs of any kind most likely require inpatient treatment to successfully quit and maintain sobriety. Contact one of our trained representatives today to find out all of your potential treatment options.