synthetic drugs

Legislators Use Variety of Approaches in 2016 to Combat New Synthetic Drugs

In the past year, federal and state policymakers have taken a number of steps to combat synthetic drugs, also known as “novel psychoactive substances (NPS),” according to Jonathan Woodruff, Senior Legislative Attorney at the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws (NAMSDL). Legislators placed many substances into Schedule I of…

Use of Synthetic Drugs Increasing, National Survey Suggests

A national survey suggests use of synthetic drugs increased from 2009 to 2013. Many people who use these drugs also use other illicit drugs such as LSD, cocaine and Ecstasy, according to the researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center. The survey included data from the National Survey of Drug Use…

DEA Arrests at Least 150 People in Synthetic Drug Operation in 29 States

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced Wednesday it conducted a major crackdown on synthetic drugs that involved the arrest of at least 150 people in 29 states, and the seizure of more than $20 million in products and cash. Hundreds of thousands of packets of synthetic drugs were seized. The…

What you need to know about synthetic drugs

Spice, bath salts, herbal incense. They sound like something you might find on the fragrance aisle at Target, but these are actually dangerous drugs masked as harmless fragrances, sold in convenience stores and online. Innocent names such as Mr. Smiley hide the dangers. No one really knows what’s in these…