Synthetic Drugs

Synthetic drugs can be bought on the internet, on the street or even over the counter in some stores. They claim to be a safe and legal alternative to illicit drugs but they can have serious or even fatal side effects. Synthetic drugs are made to mimic the effects of illicit substances like cannabis, methamphetamine, ecstasy and LSD.

These substances are illegal, and as new synthetic drugs keep being made the government brings out new laws to ban them. These substances do not undergo  any quality control checks, and the ingredients are regularly changed to try to get around new synthetic drug laws, so they are not safe. There is also no research into the medium and long term effects taking these drugs can have.

What are Synthetic Drugs?

Synthetic drugs can come as pills, a powder, a liquid or even an organic material (like a plant or a herb). They usually come in bright packaging featuring party scenes. Some common names of new synthetic drugs are:

  • Heptic White Bull
  • Aphrodisiac Tea
  • Bombay Blue
  • Kronic
  • Bath Salts
  • Hellfire Herbal Hoe
  • Tropical Mist
  • Amsterdam High
  • Cloud 9
  • Wonka
  • Minga
  • Kilimanjaro
  • AK-47
  • Scooby Snax
  • Skunk
  • High Street

You can read more about synthetic drugs over at Better Health Channel.

What are the effects?

Synthetic drugs are made to mimic illicit drugs, so the effects will vary depending on which drug you take. Common effects include:

  • feeling eurphoric
  • feeling relaxed
  • lowering your inhibitions(doing things you wouldn’t normally do)
  • feeling dizzy
  • racing thoughts
  • agitation or confusion
  • paranoia
  • a fast and irregular heartbeat
  • a dry mouth
  • disconnection from your thoughts and feelings memories or sense of identity (this is called a dissociative state)
  • delayed reactions

There are also some really serious effects that synthetic drugs can have on you. These effects can make you really sick and some people have even died from taking these substances.

These serious side effects include:
  • a rapid heart rate
  • rapid breathing
  • difficulty breathing
  • chest pain
  • heart palpitations
  • hallucinations
  • seizures
  • psychosis
  • blurred vision
  • violent outbursts
  • paralysis
  • stroke
  • liver damage

If you are with someone who has taken synthetic drugs and they start to show any of these symptoms call an ambulance on 000. The ambulance will not get the police involved or get you in to trouble. They only care about saving your friend’s life.

Where to get help:

If you have bad side effects after using synthetic drugs go to see your doctor. You can also call Kids Helpline or the DrugInfo Line. If you are experiencing mental health issues after taking synthetic drugs you can chat online with a youth mental health professional at eheadspace.

If someone has a bad reaction to synthetic drugs and is unwell, call an ambulance.