Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Deaths and Overdoses From Synthetic Drugs

'Spice' -- a designer synthetic cannabinoid.
'Spice' -- a designer synthetic cannabinoid. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Colin Eckhardt, a 19 year old Californian teen passed away after slipping into a coma from smoking synthetic marijuana.

Eckhardt was smoking the synthetic drug with some of his friends, and shortly fell into a coma from brain swelling.

His father, Devin Eckhardt said, “in a moment of peer pressure, he gave into that, thinking that was OK, it was somehow safe, and one hit later, he goes to sleep and never wakes up.” 

Dr. Andrew Monte warns, “these substances are not benign, you can buy designer drugs of abuse at convenience stores and on the Internet. People may not realize how dangerous these drugs can be-up to 1,000 times stronger binding to cannabis receptors when compared to traditional marijuana.”

Eckhard’s parents want people to understand the dangers of synthetic marijuana. It can be a lethal substance because it's sprayed with unknown chemicals that mimic marijuana’s effects.

Synthetic drugs are wreaking havoc everywhere they're available. Governor Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire has declared a state of emergency because of the 44 reported non lethal overdoses of synthetic marijuana reported in her state.

The designer drugs were sold in three of New Hampshire's convenient stores as potpourri. Police have since revoked their business licenses.

Some people think because they can buy designer drugs at their local store, it must be safe. This is far from the truth. In fact, the United States government is making efforts to ban synthetic drugs at the Federal level.

Some signs of designer drug users include inability to speak, restlessness, anxiety, and heart palpitations.

Some symptoms of synthetic drug overdose include hallucinations, homicidal tendencies, delusions, heart attack, chest pain, aggression, and death. There have also been reports of people engaging in self-destructive behavior like hitting themselves, or their heads against walls.

Synthetic drugs are hard to control because they are largely unregulated. Any kind of drug ingested can have negative or deadly side effects. If you are dealing with addiction, the caring staff at a substance abuse treatment center can help. They will create a treatment plan that will set you on the path to sobriety, because it's never too late to start a new healthy life.


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