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.
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:
HIV outbreak in Indiana linked to abuse of Opana
Caffeine Powder – updated July 23, 2014
New Synthetic Cannabinoids: “Cloud 9/ Mojo” – updated November 13, 2014
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.