So many drugs are available now that they are hard to keep up with. There is the customary list of illicit drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and similar street drugs. These have been around for quite a few years.
However, a disturbing development in the past several years is that of synthetic drugs. These may have unpredictable effects, and many of them are synthesized in labs with no idea of either contents or dosages that would be safe for humans to consume. Many of these synthetic drugs started in Europe or the UK and later found their way to the US. Some of them were developed thirty or more years ago, but didn't meet a particular requirement for any medical treatment, so they were shelved. But someone later realized that some of these compounds could be profitable and began marketing and selling them as street drugs. They clearly had no idea or concern for the possible damage these drugs could cause.
Although there are more than one hundred of these new compounds, some of these drugs include:
- 1-butyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-073)
- 1-hexyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-019)
- 4-methylmethcathinone (Mephedrone)
- 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV).
- 2-(4-Iodo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)ethanamine (2C-I)
Included in the list above are just a few of these synthetics. Some of them are said to be able to mimic the effects of marijuana, but they are extremely dangerous. Synthetic marijuana, also known as "Spice" or "K2," and other brand names had been sold until recently in head shops, gas stations and other convenience stores, hiding under labels that said the drugs were herbal compounds, and not meant for human consumption. Other commonly available drugs are those that are generally called "bath salts," which have nothing to do with soaking in a tub.
"Bath Salts" Not Meant for Baths at All
According to a 2011 report published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, bath salts first appeared in Germany in 2007. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported that it received 304 calls about reactions to the drugs in 2010, and by the next year, that number had mushroomed to more than 6,100 calls.
Bath salt use has been linked to many tragic crimes, such as that of Dickie Sanders from Louisiana who at age 21 slashed his throat, and after that had been stitched up, shot himself the next day. Another tragic report occurred in April of 2011 when US Army medic David Stewart allegedly killed his five-year-old son, his girlfriend (who also was found to have the drug in her system) and himself in Seattle. In another bizarre incident, a West Virginia man was charged with felony animal cruelty for killing his neighbor's pet pygmy goat while the man was high on bath salts.
The effects of synthetic drugs are hard to predict, but it is clear by the increase in calls to poison control centers and the number of bizarre and savage incidents reported, these are not something that one should play with.
Fake Pot or Synthetic Marijuana Causes Many Harmful Effects
Particularly sad is the number of young people who try fake pot or bath salts, thinking that they are not harmful. They do not know what will happen as a result of this experimentation. Many of the substances are addictive, and young people can fall into the trap of addiction easily. Fake pot has been linked with many harmful effects, including fast, racing heartbeat, elevated blood pressure, and nausea. In addition, research found that the chemicals in synthetic marijuana "are three to five times more potent than THC found in marijuana," leading to symptoms that include "loss of consciousness, paranoia, and, occasionally, psychotic episodes." Researchers in Germany also discovered that synthetic marijuana use can lead to "withdrawal symptoms and addictive behaviors."
The widespread use of these drugs has caused difficulties for law enforcement. Although many of the substances and even those like them have been outlawed at the Federal level and by some states, labs or individuals who make the compounds can change the formula slightly in attempts to evade the latest laws. Keeping up with all the different ingredients is a daunting challenge for lawmakers, drug testing companies and law enforcement.
Real Effective Rehab is the Solution for Drug Addiction
Whether one has started down the road to addiction with either a well-known or new synthetic drug, when one is addicted it is hard to see a way out. There is a safe, drug-free rehab program available at more than fifty Narconon drug and alcohol rehab centers around the world. The Narconon program consists of eight unique steps which add up to a comprehensive rehab program. The program starts by addressing some of the major physical damage done by drugs and goes on to include several life skills courses. These help a recovering addict to learn how to live a successful life without resorting to drugs as an escape. He learns how to communicate with others more effectively, and one course even teaches him how to regain his own integrity and personal moral values. These are essential to handle the root causes of his drug problem. When one has completed all eight phases of the Narconon program, he also will chart his own course for the future, a future which will be drug-free.
There are no alternative drugs used in the Narconon program to help one get off of other drugs. These have been found to be unnecessary when one handles the physical addiction and the mental and emotional causes of addiction.
The Narconon program is so successful that seventy percent of its graduates go on to long-lasting sobriety. This is one of the highest actual success rates in the rehab field.