Synthetic Drugs – Dangerous and Deadly
One type is marketed as “synthetic marijuana.” The other is advertised as “fake cocaine” or “fake meth.” Both are marketed as legal equivalents to illegal drugs. But both cause alarming side effects that are generating a slew of calls to poison centers and spurring concern among doctors across the U.S.
The synthetic marijuana products sell for between $30 and $40 per 3-gram bag, in packages labeled as incense or potpourri and marketed under brand names like “Spice,” “K2,” “Genie,” “Yucatan Fire,” “Sence,” “Smoke,” “Skunk” and “Zohai.”
Poison centers receive calls about products marketed as “bath salts” sold both on the Internet as well as in gas stations and head shops. Packaging is usually a plastic bag filled with a white granular powder. The products are known as “Red Dove,” “Blue Silk,” “Zoom,” “Bloom,” “Cloud 9,” “Ocean Snow,” “Lunar Wave,” “Vanilla Sky,” “Ivory Wave,” “White Lightning,” “Scarface” and “Hurricane Charlie.”
They produce increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, agitation, hallucinations, extreme paranoia and delusions.
In September 2011, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration issued a ban of the chemicals used to make these dangerous drugs.
Experts at Tennessee Poison Center want you to be aware of the dangers of these products. Here are a few tips on what they are and the dangers surrounding them: