The use of synthetic drugs in the US has sharply increased. It is being considered one of the most challenging substance abuse epidemics. Because the formulas of these substances are constantly changing, lawmakers are struggling to declare such drugs illegal.
The New York Department of Health defines a synthetic drug as a substance that has properties similar to narcotics, or hallucinogens, but features altered chemical structures to avoid penalization by current drug laws. Because of this, the components of synthetic drugs are more difficult to trace and regulate.
Two of the most popular synthetic drugs are, synthetic marijuana, and bath salts, also known as Cloud 9 and Spice. Both these drugs are easily accessible, and not yet illegal.
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