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Florida’s Crackdown on Pill Mills Has Led to Rise in Popularity of Synthetic Drugs; Suncoast Rehab Educates on Dangers of These Drugs in Adolescents
Date:7/23/2014

Spring Hill, FL (PRWEB) July 23, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention applauded Florida for 23 percent reduction in prescription drug deaths from 2010 to 2012. Formerly known as “the nation’s medicine cabinet”, Florida was infamous for its minimal monitoring of access to some of the strongest opiates, such as Oxycontin, which often fell into the wrong hands. Florida’s law enforcement launched an initiative to crack down on these rampant pill mills, which are now nearly nonexistent compared to the 65 that existed in the state just a few years ago. (1) With this dramatic decrease in access to prescription drugs, synthetic drugs have surged in popularity, specifically among adolescents. Suncoast Rehabilitation Center speaks up on the dangers of synthetic drugs, and what community members should look out for in order to prevent the infiltration of these drugs into their communities.

Synthetic drugs are known by a number of alternative names, such as “potpourri,” “bath salts,” “spice” and “K2.” These drugs are also marketed to youth under the names of “Scooby Snax” and “Purple Flake.” These seemingly innocent names could not be more deceptive: according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, synthetic drugs “hijack” the brain’s vital functions that control body temperature, food intake, perception, memory and problem solving. An alarming 11,000 emergency room visits in 2010 were related to a synthetic cannabinoid product, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network report. An unsettling fact for many parents is that the majority of those involved in these visits were be
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