Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Synthetics Are Emerging As Drugs of Abuse

The Weston Forum, March 31, 2015

"Abuse of unregulated synthetic drugs — found on the shelves of some gas stations, convenience stores, head shops and on the Internet — has been on the rise, particularly among teens and young adults.

'It’s a very experimental population and they’re interested in trying the latest or new thing,' said John Douglas, MD, clinical director of Silver Hill Hospital’s Outpatient Opioid Addiction Program, during a meeting of the Wilton Task Force to Reduce Substance Abuse Among Youth on Thursday, March 19.

Dr. Douglas told the group of 16 attendees about the six most common emerging drugs — synthetic cathinones ('bath salts'), piperazine derivatives ('legal ecstasy'), kratom ('Ithang'), methoxetamine ('legal ketamine'), synthetic cannabinoids ('legal marijuana'), and Salvia divinorum ('Salvia')." Read More.

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