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Synthetic Drugs

Synthetic Drugs refer to a wide range of chemical products that are ever-changing.


Since 1992, CADCA has demonstrated that when all sectors of a community come together —social change happens. CADCA is the premier membership organization representing those working to make their communities safe, healthy and drug-free. CADCA has members in every U.S. state and territory and working in 23 countries around the world. Special programs within CADCA are supporting our returning veterans and their families and training youth leaders to be effective agents of change –all through the coalition model.

The CDC Synthetic Cannabinoids 

A comprehensive breakdown of the changing range of ingredients used in synthetic cannabis, and the side effects and health risks. Additionally included with this link is information for health care providers and how the CDC is working with communities to educate people on this new group of drugs of abuse.

Council on Chemical Abuse

Since 1972, the Council on Chemical Abuse has served in a lead role, offering the resources necessary to respond to the complex problems of substance abuse and addiction. Designated by the County Commissioners as the Single County Authority (SCA) for Berks County, the Council is responsible for the administration and management of publicly-funded alcohol, tobacco, and drug services. The Council is a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors reflective of the local community.

Foundation for a Drug Free World 

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free. No one, especially a young person, likes to be lectured about what he or she can or cannot do. Thus, The Foundation for a Drug Free World provides the facts that empower youth to choose not to take drugs in the first place. Additionally our Truth About Drugs campaign consists of activities that they can join which popularize drug-free living. These activities are simple, effective and can involve people of all ages.

Just Think Twice

Just Think Twice is a website from the Drug Enforcement Administration with educational information on drugs of abuse, trends and risk factors. This link provides information on a variety of synthetic drugs such a fentanyl, cannabinoids and synthetic stimulants like molly and bath salts.

Know The Dangers

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Synthetic Drug Facts brought to you by the Minnesota Department of Human Services in partnership with other state agencies participating in the Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy.



National Institute on Drug Abuse

NIDA’s mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. This link provides extensive information on synthetic cannabinoids, the chemicals they contain and the risks that they pose and consequences they have been shown to create.

NIDA for Teens

The National Institute on Drug Abuse site that is specifically for teenagers. This NIDA resource link includes a working definition of what synthetic marijuana is and contains what the biological impacts of this regularly changing chemical compound can be. Also available here are links to additional information and answers to other important questions like how addictive Spice is and how it is currently being consumed.

Partnership for Drug Free Kids

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is the go-to organization for families addressing every aspect of substance use and addiction, from prevention to recovery. Partnership for Drug-Free Kids empowers parents and caregivers with support and guidance using the latest science-based information. Partnership for Drug Free Kids researches and advances effective prevention and treatment strategies.