Our Kids are Guinea Pigs

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Our Kids are Guinea Pigs

Bath salts are synthetic drugs made of substances perceived to mimic the effects of cocaine, LSD or methamphetamine and are readily available online to anyone, anywhere at any time. They are increasingly popular among teens and young adults, as is synthetic marijuana, commonly known as “Spice.” These drugs are marketed as legal highs, and manufacturers often label the items, “not intended for human consumption” in an attempt to skirt drug laws. Controlling and banning synthetic drugs has proved challenging for federal and state authorities, as soon as one substance is banned, manufacturers change their recipe.

Since 2009, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has been more than 200 varieties of synthetic drugs. Florida seems to be a popular state among the synthetic drugs because of the location of the state and where the substances are coming from. Countless distressed phone calls and emergency room visits have put many of people in a state of panic over this epidemic. Officers working alongside DEA are working day and night to try and rid the streets of these dangerous drugs. DEA’s Special Agent Alan Santos says, “These folks are treating our kids like guinea pigs.” Sadly that is true, the drugs are costing us our children’s lives along with our own.

It’s important to reach out to people and let them know there is help available if you see signs of substance dependencies. There are many great resources and tools to learn at Seabrook, which can make recovery, seem a little easier. If you would like to learn more information about our services for yourself or a loved one, don’t hesitate to look at our website: www.seabrook.org.