Designer Drugs (Research Chemicals)

A designer drug is a drug that has been synthetically developed by someone with the intention of closely mimicking another controlled substance to have the same effects. People try to create a synthetic drug that has the same effects in an effort to evade detection in typical drug tests or get around drug classification laws. Designer drugs can be very dangerous because they are typically made in clandestine laboratories and are not thoroughly tested before they are taken by someone. These drugs are typically called bath salts or plant food, with some specific examples being K2, Spice, Krypton, Lava Red, and Banana Cream Nuke. These drugs are often cut or mixed with other compounds that could make them even more dangerous, and overdosing on these substances can lead to serious side effects.