What Defines a Synthetic Drug?

A synthetic drug has properties and effects similar to a known narcotics but having a slightly altered chemical structure, created in order to evade restrictions against illegal substances.  Claims are made synthetic drugs provide experiences that are similar to the organic version, but synthetic drugs can actually have more intense dangerous effects. 

Common Synthetic Drug Street Names

A designer drug is a synthetic chemical version of an illegal drug that was slightly altered to avoid having it classified as an illegal drug.  Therefore, synthetic drugs are unregulated and their ingredients are often unknown.  Some common names of synthetic street drugs are:

  • Flakka
  • K2 (synthetic marijuana)
  • Spice
  • Molly (MDMA or ecstasy)
  • Bath Salts
  • Bliss
  • Black Mamba
  • Bombay Blue
  • Genie

Dangers Associated with “Designer Drugs”

Synthetic drugs, also known as club or designer drugs, are created in illegal labs and unregulated making it impossible to know their ingredients or strength. Almost as soon as synthetic drugs hit the street, the DEA began outlawing them and their compounds.  The unknown ingredients in synthetic drugs can have numerous negative effects on those ingest them, including anxiety, seizures, and loss of consciousness, resulting in ER visits and death. What makes them even more dangerous is that they are easily accessible to adolescents through retail outlets and online.

ARCpoint Labs’ goal in synthetic drug testing is to conduct professional testing that produces accurate results.  We can help to determine if testing for synthetic drugs alone or in conjunction with traditional testing makes sense.  Contact ARCpoint Labs today.

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