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Thousands of people across Alabama are slowly killing themselves. They’re addicted to drugs. It might be painkillers, synthetic drugs or heroin. Addiction can touch anyone’s life. But recovery is possible. Help spread awareness.

Zero Addiction is a partnership of Alabama District Attorneys Association, the Alabama Office of Prosecution Services and the Alabama Department Of Public Health to encourage families and friends to talk to anyone they know who might be addicted to drugs.

Synthetic Drug Abuse

Synthetic Drug Abuse Information

Synthetic Drug Facts

Synthetic drugs, such as synthetic marijuana (K2 and spice) and bath salts, are made using man-made chemicals. The chemical make-up of these substances is changed frequently making their content and effects unpredictable.

Synthetic drugs are often sold illegally online, in the black market, or at convenience stores and gas stations. They may be labeled “not for human consumption.”

  • Users of synthetic drugs are:
  • residents of rural and urban areas
  • predominately men aged 20-30 years
  • use other substances (tobacco, alcohol, marijuana)
  • clusters of illness reported in adolescents, prison population, military, homeless
  • Synthetic drugs are:
  • usually smoked
  • can be vaped, ingested, snorted
  • inexpensive
  • readily available
  • perceived as safe by some users
  • not detected by most routine drug screenings
  • manufactured in unsanitary conditions
  • Synthetic drugs can be extremely dangerous and addictive. Health effects from these drugs can be life threatening and can include:
  • severe agitation and anxiety
  • fast, racing heartbeat and higher blood pressure
  • nausea and vomiting
  • muscle spasms, seizures and tremors
  • intense hallucinations and psychotic episodes
  • suicidal and other harmful thoughts and/or actions
  • potency and strength varies from drug to drug and will cause injury or death to the unsuspecting user

A synthetic drug is a chemically made version of an illegal drug that was slightly altered to avoid having it classified as illegal. It is essentially an experiment by a chemist done to create a new drug that can be sold legally, allowing dealers to make money without breaking the law. As law enforcement catches up with new chemicals that are created and makes them illegal, manufacturers devise altered versions to steer clear of the law. So the cycle repeats.