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DAAC 1304 Pharmacology of Addiction Module 1 Written Assignment Serena Jeffries 1. Spice or K2 (synthetic Marijuana) is one of the newest trends in street drug use. It's easy accessibility is causing lots of controversy. Research this drug; write a detailed paper (at least half a page) which describes the drug, its use, route of admission, effects, side-effects, overdose and toxic levels. Be sure to cite your references appropriately. The DEA may be a good place to start your hunt for information. Spice or K2, one of many trade names for this drug, is a synthetic drug that is supposed to be just like THC. This drug is created in a laboratory due to chemicals. When it comes to producing synthetic cannabinoids, there are no manufacturing requirements or quality control standards. This is more dangerous than natural drugs such as marijuana. After these drugs are produced, they are then smuggled into the United States and are misbranded as imports. These drugs can be seen in a bulk powder form and then dissolved into solvents. The route of admission varies. The traditional way to smoke Spice/K2 is by the means of smoking it like a cigarette or it can also be smoked through hookahs or water pipes. Today, Spice/K2 can also be seen in a liquid form to be introduced smoking from a vape. The effects of the drug and side effects varies and ties into together. The noted results are normally negative. Some effects that the user can face psychologically while taking this drug can include severe agitation, disorganized thoughts, paranoid delusions, and violence. Some effects that the user can face physically while taking this drug can include elevated heart rate, elevated blood pressure, unconsciousness, tremors, seizures, vomiting, hallucinations, etc. The overdose effects can be seen through overdose death tolls through the abuse of synthetic drugs, to include death by heart attack. Spice causes reduced flow to the heart 1
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DAAC 1304 Pharmacology of Addiction Module 1 Written Assignment Serena Jeffries (myocardial ischemia) which can cause a heart attack or cause damage to the heart. (Spice Addiction 2018). Not only does it cause heart problems, it can also be linked to acute kidney injuries resulting in hospitalization and dialysis. The toxicity levels of Spice/K2 is relatable to the overdose aspects of the drug. Acute poisoning can strike at any point in time. The dangerous side effects attached to the chemicals in the synthetic drug can hit the individual immediately after use. Medical intervention is a possibility due to the determination of how much the individual has used. The main hope of this drug being around is that people understand the risks of the drug and realize that it is more dangerous than not so to avoid the drug in general.
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  • Spring '17
  • Renee Henry
  • Serena Jeffries

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