Drugs experts from the DEA and former Baltimore County drug czar Mike Gimbel talk about the emerging synthetic drug frontier, which have been real issues for law enforcement, parents and the kids who get high from them.
It's no secret. Talking to kids about drug use is uncomfortable and sometimes downright hard. What's worse? Keeping up with the new ways kids are getting high and knowing how to stay ahead of the curve to keep your children safe. [Nick DiMarco]
Benzo Fury was a popular drug in the U.K. that was being marketed as Molly of MDMA, which is a "pure" form of the popular club drug Ecstasy. Benzo Fury is the synthetic form of the drug, which was legal to purchase. [Nick DiMarco]
Drug experts like Mike Gimbel, of Baltimore County, will tell you that synthetic drugs are emerging evil when it comes to drug use. Take a look at the vile above. Can you tell what it is? [Nick DiMarco]
It's synthetic marijuana, which is now only second to actual marijuna, on the drug most high school students said they had used in the last 30 days. The marijuana is marketed as potpourri and for awhile was completely legal to purchase in Maryland.
Specifically: MDPV, Mephedrone and Methylone. Crafty chemists however just began adding and subtracting new chemicals, which in turn have made these synthetic drugs more dangerous. Note the packaging that reads "Not for human consumption."
K2 was the most well known brand of fake weed. DEA spokesman Rusty Payne said chemists in China would spray the synethic marijuana solution on inexpensive plants from South America. So states began outlawing specific chemicals... [Nick DiMarco]
These drugs can be purchased online. Concerned parents would be wise to keep track of credit card statements. [Nick DiMarco]
Silverback is a "bath salt." These powders are sold online as innocuous prodcuts like bath salts or in some cases lady bug attractors. Bath salts made headlines for causing PCP type violent reactions from users. Moral of the story: Know your labels.
But synethic pills and powders are not the only way kids are getting high these days. Gimbel said "dusting" has become popular. In 2007, dusting was linked to the death of an infant killed by his father when he was blacked out. [Nick DiMarco]
Some pharmacies won't sell cough syrup to minors because of the prevalence in "Robo-tripping." Drinking cough syrup in excess can get the drinker high. [Nick DiMarco]
Even the tools kids are using today to get high are getting more sophisticated. Mike Gimbel, who goes school to school offering drug, alcohol and smoking awareness seminars, pulls a marijuana pipe out of a permanent marker case. [Nick DiMarco]
Gimbel says the next things parents are going to have to worry about are products like e-cigarettes, which he says are clearly marketed toward children. He also noted that "waxing" or smoking liquid marijuana has been made easier with e-cigarettes.
And products lke Grinds, which have yet to go mainstream, are pouches much like tobacco snuff, that are actually concentrated caffenine.