Designer Drugs: A Synthetic Catastrophe

James Fratantonio, Lawrence Andrade and Marcelo Febo



Synthetic stimulants can cause hallucinations, aggressive behaviors, death and are sometimes legal. These substances are sold as plant food and bath salts that are “Not for Human Consumption”, therefore skirting the 1986 Federal Analogue Act and giving a false pretense of safety. Studies have proved that these substances are toxic, have a high abuse potential, and are becoming extremely prevalent in the United States. This creates a dilemma for law enforcement agents, hospitals, and substance use disorder treatment centers. Urine Drug Testing is utilized as a clinical diagnostic tool in substance use disorder treatment centers, and the furious pace at which new synthetic stimulants are introduced to the black market are making the detection via urine increasingly difficult. This article will discuss the prevalence, pharmacology and difficulty developing laboratory assays to detect synthetic stimulants.

Published on: August 10, 2015
doi: 10.17756/jrds.2015-014
Citation: Fratantonio J, Andrade L, Febo M. 2015. Designer Drugs: A Synthetic Catastrophe. J Reward Defic Syndr Addict Sci 1(2): 82-86.