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A few years back, synthetic drugs were all the news. Synthetic drugs are created to mimic the effects of controlled substances, such marijuana, cocaine, or morphine. Their creation was often the product of an attempt to modify the composition of a controlled substance just enough so that the resulting synthetic was not technically covered under existing laws – or at least had lesser consequences than possession or sale of the scheduled drug. Since then, laws have changed to make it easier and faster for the Pharmacy Board to classify substances as they appear in the community.

One of the problems with synthetic drugs is that they are unregulated and untested. There is no reliable way for the end user to know what the substance actually is, much less what effects it can have. For a time there was a significant issue with bath salts and synthetic marijuana. Some of these stories involved people engaging in bizarre and dangerous behavior while under the influence of substances they had been led to believe were safe and legal. While legislation may have closed some legal loopholes, the fact remains that if you receive drugs on the streets or through a non-medical channel, it is almost impossible to be sure exactly what you are getting.

The results for users can be fatal. There are numerous stories of users who died by overdosing on fentanyl which they did not even know they were taking. When there is a fatal overdose, the person who sold, distributed, or administered the drugs may face third degree murder charges. Like users, dealers do not always know exactly what is in the drugs they sell.

Unregulated drugs – synthetic or otherwise – are inherently dangerous. The consequences of using, possessing, selling, or distributing controlled substances can be severe. If you are facing drug charges, you need experienced representation right away. The attorneys at F. Clayton Tyler are well-versed in Minnesota drug law and will give you the straight talk and honest answers you need to get the best possible outcome for your case.