Dangerous synthetic drugs lead to numerous emergency room visits each year, and in many cases, people who use them end up in the morgue.
Synthetic drugs are man-made substances that have effects similar to those of controlled substances like heroin, LSD, marijuana, and other drugs. Synthetic drugs are often manufactured in secret Chinese labs and smuggled into the U.S. and sold on the street. But not all synthetic drugs are illegal. Some are sold over-the-counter at convenience stores and head shops, but even though they’re legal, these dangerous synthetic drugs can cause serious physical and mental health problems, and they’re responsible for a large number of overdose deaths each year.
There several types of synthetic drugs, and they come in a variety of forms, including herbs, liquids, powders, and pills. Here are four of the most dangerous synthetic drugs that are sold over the counter or on the streets.
Synthetic marijuana, commonly known as “Spice” and “K2,” is made to simulate the effects of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. These legal synthetic drugs are the most commonly used synthetics in the U.S. They produce euphoria, altered perceptions, and feelings of relaxation, but they also produce symptoms that can be dangerous or deadly, including:
- Increased heart rate.
- Increased blood pressure.
- Severe anxiety and panic attacks.
- Aggressive behaviors.
- Heart damage.
- Kidney damage.
Cathinones, commonly called “bath salts,” produce effects similar to those of ecstasy, meth, and cocaine. Bath salts are legal synthetic drugs that are sold over the Internet or in convenience stores. Bath salts are either snorted or swallowed, and they can cause serious medical and mental health problems, including:
- Heart attack.
- Kidney and liver failure.
- Paranoia and panic attacks.
- Breakdown of muscle tissue.
A synthetic opioid, fentanyl is a powerful painkiller that’s available by prescription in one form to treat severe pain. But it’s one of the most dangerous synthetic drugs on the street, where much of the fentanyl sold comes from clandestine Chinese labs. Fentanyl is up to 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin. In 2016, it was responsible for more than 20,000 drug overdose deaths, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Fentanyl can cause:
- Severe coughing.
- Respiratory depression.
- Cardiac arrest.
- Deep sedation.
N-BOMe is another of the most potent and dangerous synthetic drugs. It’s known as “N-Bomb” and “Smiles” on the street and is used as a synthetic alternative to LSD, which is another synthetic hallucinogenic drug. While LSD can cause severe anxiety, paranoia, and panic attacks, it’s not particularly dangerous in terms of medical problems. But N-BOMe has been known to cause death from just one small dose. The effects of a tiny dose of N-BOMe can last for up to 12 hours, and it can quickly cause:
- Kidney failure.
- Lung failure.
- Heart failure.
- Dangerous increases in body temperature.
Ending Synthetic Drug Abuse
If you or someone you love abuses or is addicted to one of these types of synthetic drugs, treatment can help end the abuse or addiction for good. Treatment through a high quality treatment program involves a variety of therapies that helps individuals get to the bottom of the reasons for the drug abuse and find the motivation to quit using for good.
Better Addiction Care can help you find high quality, holistic treatment for synthetic drug abuse to improve your quality of life, health, and well-being well into the future.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help right away. Make a phone call that will connect you to a professional drug treatment center. The call you make may save your life or the life of someone you love. Call us today at 1.800.429.7690.