Designer Drugs

FL Atty General Bans “Bath Salts” Sale

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Wednesday temporarily banned a synthetic designer drug called MDVP that is commonly labeled “bath salts.” Officials say the complex drug, sold at malls, head shops, convenience and other retail outlets, often near displays of energy drinks, can produce hallucinations, severe paranoia, seizures, aggression, increased blood pressure and eventually kidney …

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“Bath Salts” and “Incense” Are Seriously Bad News

I thought I’d write some follow-up on the subjects of “bath salts” and “incense,” since they are obviously impacting so many people. These compounds, commonly sold across the counter at convenience stores, gas stations, head shops and other such vendors, fall into the class of abusable compounds that we refer to as “designer drugs.” Designer drugs …

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Synthetic drugs send thousands to ER

At the request of The Associated Press, the American Association of Poison Control Centers analyzed nationwide figures on calls related to synthetic drugs. The findings showed an alarming increase in the number of people seeking medical attention. At least 2,700 people have fallen ill since January, compared with fewer than 3,200 cases in all of …

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The “Bath Salts” Problem Is Rapidly Getting Worse

It’s no news that people want to get high.  The urge to turn off our brains for a while, or do something that just feels good, goes back at least 8,000 years.  We know that because the ancient Sumerians wrote about beer on tablets that have lasted until the present day.  There is every reason …

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Fooled you once, Now You’re Dead

My collegue John Moriarty in New Jersey has published a blog post warning of the dangers of fentanyl, a powerful drug that drug dealers in NJ are mixing into their products. It is a very important issue. Small doses of fentanyl can kill quickly. But fentanyl isn’t the only deadly substance being distributed by drug dealers. In one …

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The Year in Synthetic Drugs — Spice and Bath Salts

We’ve heard a lot about the dangers of “Spice” and “Bath Salts” over the past year.  2012 was the Year of the Synthetics, and much ado was made about them.  Just how bad are they, really?  Will they make you eat people’s faces?  (No)  Are they safe?  (Maybe, sometimes)  Are they a good idea (Not …

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