Synthetic drugs have always been a prevalent problem. Recent years have seen a rise in the sale of powerful synthetic drugs like Flakka and Krokodil. Areas being hit by these synthetic drugs are in a 24 hour a day crisis to manage a wildly unmanageable drug. Synthetic drugs cause intensified symptoms in their users. Euphoria to the point of dissociation and delusion, paranoia to the point of psychosis, and surging heart rates threatening death are all effects of synthetic drugs. Cheap and highly addictive, synthetic drugs or “designer drugs” are only getting worse.
The Dangers of Synthetic Drugs
Fentanyl is a synthetic drug making headlines and bringing a spotlight to the issue. Today, Fentanyl is being found in pills not meant to be Fentanyl. Xanax and Norco, benzodiazepine and opiate respectively, are being sold with high traces of fatal Fentanyl. Sometimes Fentanyl is disguised as a “super pill”.
Authorities have predicted that more than 400 new synthetic substances have been introduced over the last few years. Evading law enforcement requires drug manufacturers to adjust the formula behind synthetic psychoactives on a daily basis. Not only does this make tracking the dealers and manufacturers hard, but what to look for in people using the drugs. Synthetic drugs like methamphetamines are known to be made of chemical products. Battery acid, liquid drain cleaner, antifreeze, detergent, nail polish remover, and more are common ingredients. Common synthetic drugs such as K-2, synthetic marijuana, are seeing upgrades all the time.
Most recently, a drug called U-47700 has become a concern. U-47700 is a new synthetic opioid like Fentanyl, but less potent. Another synthetic opioid called W-18 is also causing numerous deaths. While Fentanyl is up to 100 times more potent than morphine, W-18 is up to 100 times more potent than Fentanyl. Pharmaceutical companies passed over W-18 because of it’s concerning strength.
Synthetic drugs like W-18 and U-47700, along with K-2 and popular bathsalts are being sold through social media. Platforms like Instagram are widely unregulated, but widely used by young people. Packaged to look like household items, parents are unsuspecting until their child has a mental breakdown.
Key signs of synthetic drugs include heightened arousal, paranoia, and psychosis. Surging heart rates can lead to inhuman strength. Some synthetic drugs can leave a high that lasts for days.
Recovery from synthetic drug abuse and addiction will require a highly supervised detox period. If you are concerned you or a loved one may be abusing synthetic drugs call Aurora Recovery Center today.