Synthetic drug use has grown in popularity over the past few years as an alternative, cheap version of natural drug substances. Synthetic marijuana is one in particular that has increased in use across the U.S., with over 400 varieties often composed of a chemical spray of unknown strength. The powder base is often created in the Middle East or China, and then mixed with acetone to create a liquid solution. Chemicals in the powder vary greatly, and can be the same chemicals as those found in painkillers, cancer treatment drugs, and even fertilizers. The powder is mixed with liquid and sprayed onto a plant material and delivered to the buyers, with great potential health risks such as seizures, heart problems, and death. With no quality control, many addiction specialists fear the worst in regards to the popularity of the synthetic drug. Increased education and regulation of this drug’s production will be key to becoming powerful deterrents against use.

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