A synthetic drug is a drug with properties and effects similar to a known hallucinogen or narcotic but having a slightly altered chemical structure, especially such a drug created in order to evade restrictions against illegal substances.
Synthetic Drug Training
- Synthetic Drug Training Package - From the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) - the purpose of this introductory training package is to provide clinicians from a variety of work and educational backgrounds with a detailed overview of synthetic drugs.
Nearly half of all prescription drug misuse occurs right in the home when a person takes a prescription medication that is not prescribed for him/her or takes it for reasons or in dosages other than prescribed. The facts are alarming as many individuals do not believe prescription drugs for non-medical use can be harmful. Yet, prescription drug overdoses killed nearly 15,000 people in the U.S. in 2008.
- Prescription Drug Misuse Clearinghouse - This site includes information on the various prescription medications commonly abused, resources, and tools to assist with raising the awareness about this public health threat.
NOTE: Check the OASAS Health Alerts Page for all alerts and additional information related to Drugs of Abuse