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What Are Synthetic Drugs?
Synthetic drugs products are dangerous substances that are often marketed as legal products such as, incense, potpourri or bath salts, and are commonly bought in gas stations, tobacco shops, convenience stores and from the internet.

Legal Status Of Synthetic Drugs
On June 19, 2012, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation to make the sale or possession of dangerous synthetic drugs illegal effective July 1, 2012. These synthetic drugs now will be included in the list of Schedule I drugs. Producers and distributors of these products will be subject to the same penalties as other drugs in the classification. This legislation closes legal loopholes that allowed manufacturers to continue selling their product after a small tweak in the chemical makeup of the drug. For more information on this legislation, click here.

Effective July 1, 2012, it is illegal to buy, sell, use or possess K2, Spice, Bath Salts and other dangerous synthetic drugs in the State of Michigan.

What is Synthetic Marijuana?

Synthetic Marijuana Fact Sheet

Synthetic Marijuana is sold as incense or potpourri. The material is a mixture of herbs and spices, sprayed with a synthetic similar to THC (active ingredient in marijuana). Ingredients vary widely as can the potency. Street names include K2, Spice, Spice Gold, Spice Silver, Spice Diamond, Fire & Ice, Yucatan Fire, Genie, Pep Spice and Blue Lotus.

What are Bath Salts?

Bath Salts Fact Sheet

Bath Salts are a designer drug, not the commercially manufactured bath salts that people purchase to use in the bath tub. Bath Salts may contain a number of synthetic chemicals including Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDVP), Mephedrone and Methylone. Research suggests that Bath Salts can produce a combined effect similar to both Methamphetamine and Cocaine. Common street names include Ivory Wave, Aura, Zoom 2, Zeus 2, Cosmic Blast, White Rush, Vanilla Sky, Purple Rain, Cloud Nine, Ocean Charge Plus, Scarface, Hurricane Charlie, Red Dove, White Dove, Sextasy and White Lightning, among other titles.

What Can Parents Do?
Talk to your kids and teens today about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Many parties and raves (a large overnight dance party featuring techno music and usually involving the taking of illegal, mind-altering drugs) provide kids and teens easy access to alcohol and drugs that have risky and life-threatening consequences.  Be aware of the dangerous synthetic and emerging drugs such as K2/Spice, Bath Salts, “Smiles,” “25i,” and “25i NBOMe” that are available.
  • Talk to your kids and teens about the dangers of underage drinking and drug use
  • Supervise their activities
  • Know who their friends are
  • Monitor their time and surroundings
  • Look for drug paraphernalia
  • Monitor their spending
  • Be a good role model - Your behavior is a huge influence on your kids and teens behavior
  • Drink responsibly and do not abuse drugs or alcohol

For More Information
  • Nurse on Call: 800-848-5533
  • Office of Substance Abuse Services: 888-350-0900 ext. 85200