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The National Drug Early Warning System to report trends in synthetic drug use

Warnings regarding national health risks, such as those caused by synthetic drugs and potential outbreaks due to injected drug use and unsafe sex, have been provided via statistical health reports from the Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG) since 1976. These services have been a valuable resource to addiction experts and healthcare professionals, reporting semiannually on drug trends across the nation. However, CEWG was discontinued in July of 2014 (NIDA 2015).

Thankfully, the University of Maryland’s Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) focuses on community-based substance abuse treatment and recovery options for individuals and families, and has developed a program called the National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS). The NDEWS will be a public health response system that will retrieve real-time data from national and local resources, such as Qwest Diagnostic urine analysis reports from the criminal justice system. The NDEWS will share recent drug trends and instances of synthetic drug compound manufacturing and selling in the United States with local health authorities and addiction experts who can then use the system to dispatch response teams and quickly share information with the public (NABP 2014, 2015).

The program started in August 2014 and will be available starting summer of 2015. It will continue for five years and take the place of CEWG.

The NDEWS will also assist health providers, parents and drug abusers in finding reports on synthetic drugs and gathering the much needed information necessary to educate themselves, students and children regarding the dangers of these substances.

Synthetic drug varieties

Various types of synthetic drugs have been labeled as extremely dangerous and fatal. The use of synthetic compounds is highly prevalent across the nation. Through researching results of QWEST Diagnostic urine analysis reports, CESAR has found that a large population of offenders entering prisons are testing positive for synthetic compounds. According to CESAR, synthetic drugs are usually undetected in drug tests, which is why they’re becoming dangerously popular. These forms of synthetic drugs are much more dangerous than the drugs they’re attempting to replicate.

The latest emerging trends of synthetic drug use were reported by CEWG. The latest trends and alerts to be aware of include the following:

    Flakka (alpha-PVP/“bath salts”) – updated April 6, 2015

  • Flakka is a synthetic cathinone that is popular in Florida and is sold in small plastic bags labeled “Not For Human Consumption.” This synthetic drug can be eaten, snorted, injected or vaped and can cause hyperstimulation, paranoia and hallucinations.
    • S. and British Columbia issued alerts on Fentanyl – updated March 18, 2015

    • Fentanyl is 50-100 times more powerful than morphine and is commonly added to heroin to increase it potency. At this point Fentanyl is being concealed in non-injection drugs, in powder or pill form
    • HIV outbreak in Indiana linked to abuse of Opana

    • A fast-spreading outbreak of new HIV cases in southeastern portion of state has been linked to injection of Opana. Officials have advised that people in southeastern Indiana who’ve engaged in needle sharing or unprotected sex should get tested for HIV and then re-tested after two to three months
    • Caffeine Powder – updated July 23, 2014

    • Bulk bags of pure caffeine powder are readily available online and are extremely dangerous. A teaspoon of pure caffeine powder is equivalent to about 25 cups of coffee and can cause erratic heartbeat, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea and disorientation
    • New Synthetic Cannabinoids: “Cloud 9/ Mojo” – updated November 13, 2014

    • The synthetic cannabinoids known as Cloud 9 or Mojo are much more dangerous than marijuana. Health dangers include aggressive behavior, hallucinations, racing heartbeat, drowsiness. Furthermore, these substances can be overdosed and can cause suicidal tendencies

    This alert system can help provide individuals with important knowledge that can make a huge difference in preventing drug use or helping individuals who are using drugs know when they need to seek help.

    There are various treatment options for addictions to synthetic drugs. If you would like to learn more about getting treatment for synthetic drug use, you can call the 24/7 Recovery Helpline at 855-441-4405 to speak to a member of our team and start the journey to recovery today.

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