By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law
Synthetic drug usage has escalated into a serious issue across the United States. This topic gained attention after raging zombie-ism and face eating reached epic proportions in place like Florida.
As a direct result, the government cracked down. Hundreds of nationwide synthetic drug raids took place in May 2014. Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of such drugs were served with both search and arrest warrants by federal agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The raids took place throughout 25 states including Florida, New Mexico, Alabama, California and Colorado. Agents infiltrated numerous homes, warehouses and smoke shops determined to bring down the synthetic drug reign. The raids involved 66 DEA cases and seven investigations led by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents.
The DEA has been rigorously fighting the growth of the synthetic drug market since the drugs first gained popularity. Synthetic drugs are called by various street names such as: Molly, Spice and bath salts. The chemical formulas of such hallucinogenics and narcotics are man made with several substances typically not federally regulated or labeled as illegal. The drugs imitate a feeling comparable to the effects of marijuana. This includes the development of zombie- like symptoms such as cannibalism.
No zombie attacks were reported during the DEA raids!
In 2010, the DEA motioned to ban five key ingredients used in the production of synthetic marijuana known as K2 or Spice. This does not completely obstruct synthetic drug producers however. If an ingredient is banned by the federal government, the drug manufacturers manipulate their formulas to develop new chemical mixtures. The result is an ongoing battle that seems to never come to an end.
Synthetic Drug Zombies are International.
Unfortunately, the synthetic drug boom is not constrained to U.S. borders. According to ABC News, the DEA is turning their focus to Chinese chemical manufacturers. These producers export the products to U.S. distributors, wholesalers and retailers.
Investigations show that large sums of drug proceeds have been tracked to Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. Although these regions have been identified as culprits, the specific criminal organizations and recipients of the cash have yet to be established. U.S. authorities fear that a relationship between criminal terrorist groups and drug trafficking realms exist. They theorize that Middle Eastern terrorist groups utilize drug sales in order to fund illicit activities. Authorities are diligently working to identify drug trade paths in order to prevent the creation and growth of these dangerous connections.
To read more from ABC News, click here.
Everything’s Bigger in Texas, Including the Zombie Population.
In a five-day period more than 100 people in Texas overdosed on a synthetic drug labeled K2, according to TIME news. The drug, technically not banned by federal or state laws, is a mixture of dried herbs soaked in chemicals. Authorities believe the drug used by the overdose victims came from the same supplier located in Dallas. The victims exuded similar symptoms: psychosis, alerted mental status and abnormal behavior.
Many users substitute K2 for marijuana since the highs are similar. The sale of K2 is rapidly growing since vendors’ fear no legal repercussions.
To read more on the Texas overdoses, click here.
Luckily, no zombie warning alerts were necessary for the state of Texas. We, in Florida, rest easier every night, knowing that the governments of Texas, Florida and the United States eyes are upon us, protecting us from creeping zombies.
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“Nearly 120 People Overdose on Synthetic Marijuana in 5-Day Period.” TIME. (May 6, 2014). From: http://time.com/89835/synthetic-marijuana-overdoses-k2/
Caldwell, Alicia. “Raids Target Synthetic Drugs, Sellers Across US.” The Associated Press. (May 7, 2014). From: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/raids-target-synthetic-drugs-sellers-us-23621469
About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law. He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area. www.TheHealthLawFirm.com The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.
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