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New Types of Drugs Becoming Popular

bathsalts2Synthetic drugs are drugs that are manmade and can be created from a variety of chemicals and ingredients found around the home or purchased online. Some of these compounds are mass produced in a warehouse, sometimes overseas, and distributed to the general public via misleading packaging in convenience stores. Synthetic cocaine, marijuana and heroin can all be found on convenience store shelves labeled as potpourri or bath salts.

Lately, investigators have begun to crack down on the sale of these drugs and states have joined in on the fight as well. Many state legislatures are making it illegal to sell these drugs, therefore keeping them away from their target audience – children. However, typical to the drug game, manufacturers are one often step ahead and wind up creating new drugs to sell. These chemicals are taking cities by storm and law enforcement efforts are often struggling to keep up with the changing market.

Flakka and Budder are two new drugs that have recently hit the market. Flakka is a kind of bath salt which mimics the effects of stimulants but can also have hallucinogenic properties. While bath salts have been on the market for quite a bit, this one is different in that the recipe is different, which is part of the plan of synthetic drug makers – to alter ingredients enough to get new drugs on the market.

“People are staying up for days at a time sometimes, their heart-rate increases, and often they can go into sleep deprived psychosis or it can trigger a mental health, if someone’s predisposed for a mental health disorder it could trigger that,” explained Robert Park, an employee at a Florida drug treatment center.

Budder is a much different kind of drug made from hash oil. The process of extracting the hash oil and making it into its new form is quite dangerous, as it involves butane. Law enforcement officers have already responded to several fires and explosions caused by people trying to make Budder.

For those who are addicted to either of these drugs, their road to recovery is not any easier than other substances. Treatment and prevention are the best tools to fight addiction. The more information we can arm our young people with, the less they’ll be fooled by new drugs.

Hash Oil Making a Comeback

dabdeaAs the marijuana market continues to grow in popularity, acceptance and recognition, it is not surprising that a new drug trend has emerged. Well, it’s actually an old trend re-emerging. There is now a growing black market of hash oil once again. Hash oil is an extract taken from marijuana that addicts can ingest that provides a quick, long lasting high. What is even more alarming is that in some states selling hash oil is not illegal, although extracting the oil is illegal.

The mixed messages the public receives regarding marijuana and hash oil perpetuates the continued use of both these drugs. When it comes to hash oil, investigators are most concerned about the extraction process. People are beginning to establish hash oil labs throughout states like California. These labs are dangerous because they are often in motels or garages and involve highly flammable methods. In order to extract the hash oil from the marijuana, drug dealers have to use industrial-strength butane. The use of such a dangerous heat source has caused about twenty explosions and fires throughout San Diego County recently.

“Basically what we have is an amateurish, uncontrolled use of large amounts of explosives in enclosed or improperly vented spaces,” explained David Williams, who works for the San Diego County District Attorney. Not only is public property at risk, but people are putting themselves in dangerous situations as well. One man who was creating hash oil had his lab blow up and ran out of the motel engulfed in flames. First responders were able to rescue the man, but not after he sustained burns over most of his body.

Because of the extreme threat that hash oil labs present to the community, the DEA has stepped in and created a task force specifically designed to investigate these operations. Since its creation, the task force has investigated over fifty labs.

Hash oil can sell for $40 – 80 a gram, making it a lucrative business that many drug dealers think is worth the danger. Since the laws being unclear in some states, dealers have even become brazen enough to advertise hash oil to people. Some names that dealers advertise under are; honey oil, dabs, earwax and shatter. “Dabbing” is one of the terms most often associated with hash oil use.