The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that synthetic drug use was linked to over 28,000 emergency room visits in 2011. But why are synthetic drugs less talked about than many other types? Synthetic, or “designer,” drugs are chemically-laced substances that are created and designed to mimic the highs of specific drugs. Synthetic cathinones, or bath salts, and synthetic cannabinoids, or synthetic marijuana, are two of the most common types of synthetically-manufactured drugs of growing concern. Unlike drugs like cocaine and marijuana, these substances are not made from plants, but rather from chemicals and dried plant materials. Most are manufactured in China and shipped to the U.S. for purchase.

Physical signs of synthetic marijuana include agitation, paranoia, pale skin, and profuse sweating. Loss of physical control and motor control can also contribute to seizures. Bath salt use can result in hallucinations, anxiousness, losing control, profuse sweating, and heart palpitations. Education and prevention methods are currently increasing in presence, and there are a variety of treatment options if you or a loved one are using these kinds of substances.

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