Synthetic drugs are a broad range of psychoactive substances that have a high potential for abuse. They are called’ synthetic’ drugs because they are man-made and not found in nature. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, synthetic drugs were involved in over 30,000 deaths in the U.S in 2018 alone.
In line with the National Conference of State Legislatures, all 50 U.S states have made synthetic cannabinoids and cathinones illegal in an attempt to reduce the harm these drugs are causing to so many Americans. However, it is difficult to curb the level of abuse as illegal manufacturers consistently find loopholes in the legislature by slightly altering the chemical ingredients of the substances they are making.
Synthetics are often made to replicate other popular drugs of choice, such as cannabis, MDMA, and cocaine. Synthetics can cause much harm to a user’s physical and mental health. One of the biggest dangers associated with these drugs is that they are not regulated. They are made up of many chemical ingredients that are often not safe for human consumption.
Common synthetic drugs include: