Synthetic Drug Abuse, Addiction, And Treatment Options
Treatment For Synthetic Drug Addiction
Newer on the drug scene than heroin or prescription drugs, synthetic drugs are fast becoming a nationwide problem – particularly for our nation’s youth. Because synthetic pot is marketed and sold in legal retail outlets and on the internet as “herbal incense” or “potpourri”, and synthetic cathinones are often sold as “bath salts” or “jewelry cleaner,” the assumption is that they will be used as such. Also, synthetic drugs like K2, Bath Salts and Spice are deceptively labeled “not for human consumption” to mask their intended purpose and avoid Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory oversight of the manufacturing process.
Addiction Campuses offers the most comprehensive recovery treatment for a variety of synthetic drug addictions, including:
This is not the case. They are being injected, eaten, smoked and inhaled. These man-made chemicals that are applied (often sprayed) onto plant material are marketed as a “legal” high. Users claim that synthetic cannabinoids mimic THC – the primary psychoactive active ingredient in marijuana.
Use of synthetic marijuana is alarmingly high, especially among young people. According to the 2012 Monitoring the Future survey of youth drug-use trends, one in nine 12th graders in America reported using synthetic cannabinoids in the past year. This rate, unchanged from 2011, puts synthetic marijuana as the second most frequently used illegal drug among high school seniors after marijuana.
There Are Significant And Life-Threatening Risks To The Public:
The contents and effects of synthetic drugs like K2, Spice and Bath Salts are unpredictable due to a constantly changing variety of chemicals used in manufacturing processes. Additionally, there is NO government quality control or government regulatory oversight for synthetic drugs.
The Effects Of Synthetic Drugs On The Human Body:
- Severe agitation
- Severe paranoia
- Tachycardia (fast, racing heartbeat)
- Elevated blood pressure
- Tremors and seizures
- Harmful thoughts and/or actions against the individual AND others
- Chest pain
- Violent Behavior
If you or a loved one is using synthetic drugs – stop immediately and call for treatment. There may not be another day that you or they will be alive. There is a treatment for these highly addictive, highly dangerous synthetic drugs. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
One year ago, my son took a huge step in the right direction as I dropped him off at Addiction Campuses of Tennessee, Spring 2 Life Campus. That decision will change his life and impact our family forever. We are eternally grateful to Addiction Campuses of Tennessee for helping turn our son around and get him started in a new life! We love our new family at ACTN!
—- Connie White, Mother of an ACTN Spring 2 Life Campus graduate