Synthetic drugs, also referred to as designer or club drugs, are chemically-created in a lab to mimic another drug such as marijuana, cocaine or morphine.

The resulting designer drugs typically have a new different effect on the brain or behavior. Because these drugs are created in illegal labs, their ingredients and strength are almost impossible to know.

There are more than 200 identified synthetic drug compounds and more than 90 different synthetic drug marijuana compounds.

Many of these synthetic drugs are made in foreign countries and then smuggled into the United States. Clandestinely-made drugs have no manufacturing safety standards that are normally required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The effects of synthetic drug use can include: anxiety, aggressive behavior, paranoia, seizures, loss of consciousness, nausea, vomiting and even coma or death.


Just Think Twice. “FACTS ABOUT SYNTHETIC DRUGS.” www.justthinktwice.gov. Web. 4 April 2018.


Massachusetts’ top public safety official worried about marijuana cafes, theaters

Allowing social consumption of marijuana in cafes, theaters or yoga studios will make it more likely for people to drive while on drugs and for minors to access marijuana, Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett has told the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission.

“We believe the difficulties of safely administering the adult use marijuana market in the near term will be multiplied by the proposed licensing of social consumption establishments, mixed-use social consumption establishments, and home delivery retail services,” Bennett wrote in a letter to the commission.

Gov. Charlie Baker and members of his administration have been pushing back against the marijuana oversight board’s decision to allow consumption of marijuana at businesses, like cafes or movie theaters.

Proponents of social consumption say it will provide a space to consume marijuana for people who live in public housing or in rented apartments where marijuana is not allowed. But opponents say the commission is going too far too fast.


Schoenberg, Shira “Massachusetts’ top public safety official worried about marijuana cafes, theaters.” www.masslive.com. 12 February 2018. Web. 13 February 2018.

Drug-Impaired Driving

The report was guided by an advisory panel of experts from
the states, the research community, and several organizations
concerned with impaired driving. It provides references to
research and position papers, especially papers that summarize
the research on drugs and driving that have appeared in the
last 20 years. It includes information obtained by GHSA from
a survey of state highway safety offices. It does not attempt to
be a complete review of the extensive information available on
drugs and driving.


Dr. James Hedlund. “Drug-Impaired Driving.” Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), 2017 April. Web. 5 February 2018.