Utah officials talk about the overwhelming amount of designer drugs currently being sold in Utah streets and online. The components in these drugs are constantly changing and they are more deadly every time. Manufacturers create these illicit drugs combining multiple ingredients such as methamphetamine and fentanyl. These substances are then made into pills and sold to the public. Recreational drug makers bypass laws by changing the structure every time a new law that bans current illicit components is passed. Contact a Salt Lake City drug defense attorney for a free case evaluation.
There are about 80 compounds identified in popular designer drugs since 2010. When these compounds are identified, street sales drop, which makes drug dealers create new synthetic ingredients to raise their sales. As soon as substances such as spice and bath salts became Scheduled 1, the sales dropped off. The compound in these drugs are developed so quickly that is hard for officials to stay up to date with current trends. These chemicals resemble illicit drugs but they are legal because manufacturers change the structure to bypass drug laws.
Some of these chemists are researching old pharmaceutical journals to find out about pain addictive medication that’s no longer in use. A pill called “gray death,” for example, is an schedule 1 drug but a pill imitating this drug was recently manufactured. Fentanyl has also been modified by illicit drug manufacturers making their new creation 100 times more potent.
The effects of designer drugs
It all depends on the type of synthetic drug and the components found in it, drug users may experience:
- Feelings of detachment
- Lack of appetite
- Slurred speech
- Panic attacks
- Aggressive behavior
- Nausea and unstable blood pressure
- Seizures and blackout
Signs of drug use
Synthetic drugs can have similar effects on the body as alcohol and other drugs. Although the common effects may not be a sign of addiction, they are a good way to detect if someone is struggling with addiction:
- Sudden weight loss
- Unstable behavior and isolation
- Sleeping disorders
- Lack of performance at work
- Loss of interest in other activities
- Poor hygiene or personal appearance
- Unstable relationships
- Inconsistent behavior
How a Salt Lake City drug defense attorney can help
Drug offenses are very common these days. If you have been charged with the possession of synthetic drugs, a Salt Lake City drug defense attorney can determine which is the right defense for your case. Your attorney can challenge the facts and gather the necessary evidence. Even when the police has gathered testimony or failed to show evidence, your attorney will always protect your rights.
Maybe is time to challenge your drug charges and seek competent legal assistance. White & Matern has the resources needed for these types of case. We can navigate your case with ease and might obtain a fair settlement.