Synthetic Drugs are Not in the News, But They are Still Causing Overdoses

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The news media seems to have moved on to other topics than synthetics, perhaps because of all the furor surrounding marijuana in so many states. But at the same time that synthetics fell off the front page, that criminal industry has continued to operate. In fact, in the last few days, news reports have surfaced of a rash of overdoses in the Dallas area. In just 48 hours, just two Dallas-area hospitals received 30 people who had overdosed on “synthetic marijuana” called K2.

You may not realize that K2 really has nothing at all to do with marijuana, other than affecting some of the same parts of the brain. The nickname implies that someone synthesized (found a synthetic method of duplicating) marijuana but this is completely untrue. The chemicals used as “synthetic marijuana” are usually from a class of drug called cathinones. You can read more about this class of drug here:

Drugs in this class include mephedrone, methylone and MDPV.

The people arriving at the ERs were often psychotic, heavily agitated and in danger of hurting themselves or others. Many had to be sedated or restrained.

The good news is that these people got help when they most needed it. The bad news is that there must have been a very strong batch of K2 on the market. Undoubtedly, many other people would have been affected by this batch. Perhaps some weren’t affected so strongly and perhaps some just never got help.

Despite the fact that the media have mostly dropped this story off the headlines (until these overdoses), parents should make a point of warning children and young adults about the entirely unpredictable effects of these drugs. Youth should be warned that these drugs are the product of ruthless and criminal enterprises that think that if anyone gets hurt after taking these drugs, there are plenty of other customers to buy the next batch.

Here you will find more information about synthetic drugs:

At our dozens of rehab centers around the world, we can help those addicted to these drugs but it would be far better if open, through conversations in homes around the country would prevent these addictions from ever happening.


Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years. Sue is also a fine artist and painter, who enjoys traveling the world which continues to provide unlimited inspiration for her work. You can follow Sue on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.