Results from the latest studies of drug use among youth in the United States show that now synthetic drug use outweighs meth and heroin in some towns. According to the Monitoring the Future study which surveys more than 46,000 students in both public and private schools around the United States, one in nine high school seniors have tried synthetic marijuana, often called Spice, K2 or “King Karma” in addition to many other names.
These synthetic substances like K2 or Spice were supposed to give one a high resembling marijuana, not be easily detectable in the usual drug tests, and were legally for sale. This made many young people think they were harmless because they could walk into a gas station, head shop or convenience store and purchase them. Being labeled “herbal incense” and marked “not for human consumption” the synthetic drugs may have seemed to be not as harmful and dangerous as they really are. But these drugs, which use synthetic chemical substances in varying amounts sprayed onto some plant material, are capable of causing horribly unpleasant effects. [Ref: http://cops.usdoj.gov/html/dispatch/02-2012/emerging-threat-of-synthetic-drugs.asp]
Around the U.S., poison control centers have reported a twofold increase in the past year in the number of young people running into serious problems after ingesting these substances. Seizures, kidney stones, dissociative disorders, convulsions, psychosis, worsening of previously stable psychotic disorders and vomiting were reported. There have also been cases of heart attacks with the use of the synthetic cannabinoid K2. Clearly, one who ingests these substances has no idea of the effects he could experience. [Ref: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/ondcp-fact-sheets/synthetic-drugs-k2-spice-bath-salts]
Recently, because synthetic drug use outweighs meth and heroin, in some towns’ sheriffs and police departments are trying to crack down on the convenience stores that still sell variations of the original drugs. In Pinellas County, Florida, as recently as July 2nd, 2012, County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced plans to aggressively enforce Florida’s newly expanded ban on many of the chemicals found in these synthetic marijuana products. Unfortunately for law enforcement, the manufacturers of these drugs are quick to change the formulas, and even one tiny change might make it legal. Narcotics labs must test the substances to determine if the contents are outlawed before arrests can be made.
Convenience store owners state that there is a huge profit to be made on these drugs. As one owner of two stores who eliminated the products from his shelves, fearing for his customers’ safety, explains, from a purely commercial standpoint, he says, it wasn’t the most logical move. Demand for the drugs is immense. Buy 100 packages and they’ll sell out within a week. It’s a great moneymaker.
You pay $1 for it and can sell it for $10. That’s why people don’t stop selling it.
A similar trend occurred with prescription drug abuse. The fact that nearly four billion prescriptions are written every year led many to believe that these drugs are neither harmful nor addictive. This was one of the primary reasons why many young people tried the drugs. There was also the problem of the ready availability of prescription drugs around the home or provided by friends or family members.
With synthetic drugs, fake pot or prescription painkillers, addiction is a huge risk. A user who consumed 3 grams of Spice Gold every day for several months showed withdrawal symptoms similar to those associated with withdrawing from the use of narcotics.
Doctors treating the user also noted that his use of the product showed signs associated with addiction. And, those addicted to prescription painkillers report that it is more difficult to withdraw from these drugs than from heroin.
At Narconon Sauna Plus Life Skills Equals Recovery From Addiction
When addiction to any drug occurs, the comprehensive program at Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers can return to a person a sober and drug-free life. The full program at Narconon Ð sauna detox following withdrawal, plus six more life skills courses results in seventy percent of its graduates remaining drug-free long after completing the program.
This holistic program includes a relatively tolerable withdrawal where the person can be supported by caring, trained Narconon staff members and by generous nutritional supplements. Most drug addicts have depleted their bodies of vital nutrients so this support is very much needed to help build the body back up. The withdrawal is made more tolerable with this generous nutritional support, as well as one-on-one attention from staff members including assistance much like a gentle massage to ease any aches and pains.
Following this withdrawal period, the person will experience the Narconon sauna, called the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. This regimen includes moderate daily exercise, along with time spent in a dry heat sauna, and more nutritional supplementation. This combination has been demonstrated to help the body rid itself of toxic drug residues that remain lodged in the body’s fatty tissues long after drug use has stopped. People who go through this Narconon sauna program report an improved outlook on the future, clearer thinking, along with far fewer cravings for drugs and some report no more cravings at all.
Narconon Arrowhead is the premier facility of the entire Narconon drug and alcohol rehab program. Located on 217 acres of property on the shores of scenic Lake Eufaula, the largest lake in Oklahoma, this lovely modern facility is surrounded by Arrowhead State Park. Not only does this facility offer the perfect environment for recovery, it also is a training facility for staff that come from Narconon centers all over the world. In this environment, a recovering addict will find a drug rehab program that really works, evidenced by the more than seventy percent of Narconon graduates who go on to lead drug-free, sober lives.
Whether it is for synthetic drug abuse or addiction to any other drugs, you can find out all the details of the Narconon program. Visit www.narconon.org to get all the specifics and find out where there are facilities near you.