Doctors express concern over synthetic drug that can induce ‘excited delirium’

April 10, 2015 8:38 PM

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Doctors express concern over synthetic drug that can induce ‘excited delirium’

New designer drugs, made to bypass standing legislation that outlaw their original forms, are hitting the market, raising concern among U.S. physicians. Among them are shatter, a highly concentrated form of marijuana legal in Colorado; fentanyl, a stimulant up to 50 times stronger than heroin; and, at the forefront of many public health officials’ minds, “Flakka,” a tweaked version of bath salts that, in some cases, can cause heart palpitations and aggressive, violent behavior.

Following 2012 federal legislation that banned some varieties of bath salts, manufacturers have altered the chemical makeup of the amphetamine-like drug to concoct this stronger, more highly addictive and still-legal form of the drug, sold in Florida as Flakka but in other parts of the United States...

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