Drugs of abuse: On the grocery shelves?!

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Bath salts and synthetic cannabinoids are being sold in stores throughout the world.  Their labels may read “not to be taken internally” but are often snorted (by nasal insufflation) or injected.

They are highly addictive.  Repetitive dosing every 3 or four hours may be needed to maintain stimulant effect.  Mephadrone and Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) are identified in the substances and may cause symptoms of fast heart rate, chest pain, elevated blood pressure, seizures, and hallucinatory delirium with paranoia and violent behavior.  Suicides and homicides have also been reported following the use of these drugs.

They may be marketed online as “synthetic marijuana” and are popular in dance clubs in urban areas.  These agents have a potency of 4 to 10 times that of marijuana.

Make yourself aware.

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