Why Are Synthetic Drugs Legal? Essay

1438 Words Aug 5th, 2012 6 Pages
Husband, Father of four, hard-working man; addicted to potpourri. Many think it couldn’t happen to them, to be in the grips of a substance, unable to break free. My husband was one of those the first time he purchased a small three gram bag of “potpourri” he had heard about from people at his work. Fast forward six months later and he is hardly recognizable as the man he has always been. The effects of synthetic drugs are non-forgiving, robbing it’s users of any type of quality in life. What starts out as a cool high, turns to addiction, when it is time to quit the real problems start.
Forty-six days clean, and yet the effects of synthetic marijuana are still felt. Here he stands thirty pounds less with no appetite ever, it seems.
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Typically customers can expect to spend around twenty-five dollars for 3 grams of product. Synthetic Cannabinoid’s are produced by the gathering of various herbs and spices; they are then dried out and sprayed with a combination of chemicals to produce the desired effect. The recent extreme popularity of these drugs can be attributed to the availability; they can easily be found in legal retail outlets, being sold as “herbal incense” and “plant food” (Smith, 2012).
Substituted cathinones carry a similar effect as ecstasy and cocaine. They contain man-made chemicals such as mephedrone, methylone and MDPV. Some common names for this product are “Purple Wave”, “Zoom”, or “Cloud Nine”. Sold in solid form, customers then break down the product to powder form, making it possible to inhale or inject the drug. Cathinones are packaged as “bath salts”, although the location where they are being sold provides no reason as to why bath salts would be needed. Customers that frequent these establishments know exactly what they are buying. To avoid legal prosecution these products are individually packaged and labeled “Not intended for human consumption”. Obviously the buyers of these drugs know what to do with them (Simpson, 2011).
The original chemist that produced this combination of chemicals had the right idea in mind; they were developed for cancer patients (ABC News 2 Online, 2011). Unfortunately in

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