Synthetic drugs are a relatively new addition to the drug market. They are also known as ‘Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS)’ and were initially designed as ‘legal highs’. Even though they were legal for a short period of time, they are not safe to use by anyone.
There are many kinds of NPS currently being used in New Jersey. One of the most popular is ‘spice’ or ‘K2’, a type of synthetic cannabis. The other is ‘bath salts’ which is a potent stimulant designed to mimic methamphetamine or cocaine. They are cheaper than the substances they are similar to and are highly addictive.
Because dealers frequently change the ingredients of these drugs to keep a step ahead of the law, it is hard to know what is in them. This can also make it harder to detox. One thing is certain – they can be much more dangerous than their illegal counterparts. In one month in 2017, 70 people in Newark had to be treated for spice overdose.
These substances are as physically and mentally addictive as illegal street drugs such as heroin or crack cocaine. Because of how new they are, there isn’t any long-term data on the effects of these drugs.
At Excel, we understand that using dangerous drugs is simply part of addiction. Although users are often very hard on themselves for their condition, we see someone who needs help. With the right support, it is possible to detox safely from synthetic drugs and recover from addiction.