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Synthetic Drugs and Living Unhappily Ever After

Recently, I had the privilege of attending a seminar on “New & Dangerous Synthetic Drugs”, in downtown Toledo. The seminar was led by the founder of Collins Learning (, James H. Collins, Ph.D. To sum it up, the information was quite educational and frightening. It is essential that college students, faculty and staff are aware of what these drugs are and what they can do.

The three main categories of synthetic drugs include Stimulants (Bath Salts, Methamphetamine, Crystal Meth), Relaxants (Synthetic Cannabinoids), and Hallucinogens (Ecstasy). Ecstasy is oftened referred to as “X”, “E” or “Beans”. Honestly, they are all dangerous and not welcomed by your body. You lose control of your feelings, your actions, yourself.

Some signs and symptons of synthetic drug users include: delusions, depression, severe paranoia, psychosis, burns, rotten teeth, loss of appetite, repetitious behavior,  addiction/dependence, coma, and suicide attempts, to name a few.

Some Frightening Facts

  • These drugs are made with no regulation or quality control. Many drug development labs around the world are disgusting in nature, existing in the most unsanitary conditions imaginable.
  • Many synthetic drug developers market their products to children, which is why the packets are located on lower shelves in stores, gas stations, etc.
  • The same quantity of drug is not in every packet. One packet may contain a mere 2% of a given drug, while another packet contains some 200% of a drug.
  • When synthetic drugs are banned, chemists simply change a molecule or two to make a new, legal substance.
  • After a drug is banned, sales on the Internet typically rise. The Internet is the leading seller of synthetic drugs, as it is nearly impossibly to control.
  • Some bath salts and synthetic drugs cause “formication”, which is a sensation the resembles small insects crawling on (or under) the skin. Yikes!
  • Chemicals in some synthetic drugs bond with the neurons on the APA Axis in the brain, making it so a person can no longer feel joy or happiness. Can you imagine never smiling or laughing again?
  • Due to the severe health risks, the wide availability and the potential for violence, addiction treatment is quite difficult for synthetic drug users. Some users have to be heavily sedated, far past any normal dosage.

And if all of this does not make it clear that synthetic drugs are dangerous, let me be the first to introduce you to Krokodil. This drug originated in Russia, is comprised of desomorphine, and is significantly more powerful than heroine. The effects of the drug usually last for about 90 minutes, which causes users to redose at a rapid rate. Injections nearly always result in a rapid onset of gangrene, which causes the need for body parts to be amputated. The skin turns a scaly green, hence the name Krokodil. Users only live for about 1-3 years, as brain damage is common. So, if the effects are so disastrous, then why do people use the drug? I am not here to answer such questions, but rather get this information on synthetic drugs out there so potential users know what they are up against…living unhappily ever after.

For more information on Krokodil, feel free to search YouTube for a video named “Siberia: Krokodil Tears”.


2 Responses to “Synthetic Drugs and Living Unhappily Ever After”

  1. John Says:

    Thanks, Matt. You can never remind people enough about the dangers of the short-term highs and longterm detriment these drugs can produce.

  2. Chuck Says:

    Preach it, Matthew! Very informative!

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About Matt Perry

Matt Perry

Matthew Perry serves as the Area Coordinator through the Office of Residence Life at UT. His main responsibilities are centered on developing and supporting the suite-style residence halls. He is involved with several activities/initiatives at and around UT including the UT Culture Ambassadors, advising, Toledo MPowerment, and NACURH, Inc. He is very dedicated to promoting positivity, diversity, and inclusivity across and beyond campus. Matt deeply believes that the college experience and student development is about both the academic and social experiences. When we are able to bring both experiences together to engage students, we are able to create a fantastic student experience for our Proud Rockets. In his spare time, Matt enjoys supporting UT’s student organizations, traveling with his partner, singing, and playing tennis with friends. Go Rockets!

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