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Synthetic Drugs

Setting the Record Straight on 'Synthetic Drugs' -- and What We Should Do About Them

Patrick Heintz | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Patrick Heintz

While alarmist media stories have focused on their reported dangers, what often goes unaddressed is that our existing pattern of banning drugs drives the creation of these new substances.

Supreme Court Overturns Conviction In Synthetic Drug Case

AP | By SAM HANANEL | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Thursday that people accused of selling synthetic drugs can't be convicted unless prosecutors show...

Teen Charged With Murder In Girl's Drug Overdose Enters Plea

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 08.12.2014 | Crime

One of the five teens charged with murder in the overdose death of a 17-year-old Minnesota girl has pleaded guilty. Cole Alexander Matenaer, 19, pl...

In Memoriam: Alexander Shulgin, The 'Godfather of Ecstasy'

High Times | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
High Times

Among his own, Sasha Shulgin, who died on Monday, will always be remembered and revered as one of the greatest shamans of modern times. Certainly more scientist than psychonaut; he was crudely dubbed "the godfather of ecstasy," but he was far beyond that.

David Lohr

Five Teens Charged With Murder In Girl's Drug Overdose | David Lohr | Posted 05.29.2014 | Crime

Five Minnesota teenagers have been charged with murder in the death of a 17-year-old girl who authorities say was supplied with a dangerous synthetic ...

Nearly 120 Synthetic Marijuana Overdoses Reported In Texas In 5 Days

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 05.07.2014 | Crime

Authorities in Texas say that nearly 120 reported drug overdoses in Austin and Dallas in a five-day period might be linked to the same Dallas supplier...

Florida Teen Bites, Chews Man's Face

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

The parents of a St. Petersburg, Fla., teen accused in a brutal attack on his neighbor say their son may have been under the influence of synthetic dr...

Fake Pot Popular Among Teens May Cause Stroke

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

A synthetic marijuana popular among teens may cause strokes, a University of Southern Florida study found. USF Neurologists published news of the p...

Big Guilty Verdict Bad News For Synthetic Drug Dealers

AP | STEVE KARNOWSKI | Posted 10.08.2013 | Crime

MINNEAPOLIS -- MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota head shop owner was convicted Monday of almost all counts against him in a closely watched federal cas...

Man Said He's 'God,' Jumped From Balcony

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 10.07.2013 | Weird News

For a "god," he sure bled like a mere mortal. A Murfreesboro, Tenn. man who allegedly took synthetic drugs caused a stir when he jumped from an apa...

5 Things We Can Learn From New Zealand's Innovative Law to Regulate New Drugs

Avinash Tharoor | Posted 11.30.2013 | Crime
Avinash Tharoor

While the U.S., Uruguay, and certain European states have taken recent strides in reforming marijuana policy, New Zealand focused on newer, less-known substances.

Synthetic Drug Overdoses Lead To 4 Arrests

AP | DAVE KOLPACK | Posted 12.28.2012 | Crime

FARGO, N.D. -- Federal prosecutors in North Dakota have charged four men with conspiring to import and sell controlled substances used to make synthet...

Lucia Graves

Trade Group: Don't Sell 'Bath Salts' At Convenience Store Convention | Lucia Graves | Posted 09.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vendors attending the National Association of Convenience Stores' trade show in Las Vegas next month should leave their synthetic drugs ...

Michael McLaughlin

Bath Salts Bubble Bursts | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 09.04.2012 | Crime

The latest narcotic to burst into the headlines is bath salts -- a powerful synthetic drug that has caused a quasi-public panic over the past year bec...

Feds Take Aggressive Action On Synthetic Drugs

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 09.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Drug Enforcement Administration seized more than $36 million in cash and arrested 91 people in a nationwide crackdown against manufa...

DA: No Charges In Bath Salts Strangulation Case

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 07.04.2012 | Denver

Authorities say they won't file charges against the friends of a Grand Junction teen who was strangled to death at a party after having ingested the s...

DEA Extends Control Over Fake Pot

AP | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Drug Enforcement Administration is extending emergency controls for six more months on five chemicals used to make fake pot pro...

House Votes On Synthetic Drug Ban

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The House voted Thursday to ban synthetic drugs nicknamed "bath salts" and other compounds that mimic marijuana, cocaine and metham...

Synthetics Mimicking Illegal Drugs Send Thousands To ER

AP/The Huffington Post | By JIM SALTER and JIM SUHR | Posted 06.07.2011 | Home

INDIANOLA, Iowa -- Until he tried a marijuana look-alike product called "K2," David Rozga's most dubious decision was getting a Green Bay Packers tatt...

Mass Synthetic Drug Overdoses Kill Teen, Injure Ten More

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Amid efforts by authorities to stop the use of illegal synthetic drugs, revelers at a spring break party in a Minneapolis subu...

6 Natural Remedies That Really Work | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

"Practically all of the most widely used drugs have an herbal origin," Ulbricht says. "The number one OTC medication, aspirin, is a synthetic version ...