In July 2016, more than thirty people were taken to hospital in Brooklyn after suspected drug overdoses. The drugs in question were not high level controlled substances like amphetamines or barbiturates, but a synthetic form of the drug.
They were suspected to have overdosed on a product called Spice.
Spice, otherwise known as a synthetic cannabis, is a big problem in the drug culture, especially in the youth market.
As the name suggests, these drugs are human-made substances with synthetic chemicals. These products are derived from marijuana but have been altered and experimented with to make chemical substances. Most include some concoction of methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone, and methylone.
These chemicals are often sprayed onto the plant-based material to provide a quick, concentrated substance. The drugs are usually then smoked.
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