Synthetic drug suppliers a public enemy
If you’re planning to use synthetic drugs right now, you should know two things. (Three, if you want to include a reminder of those 20 recently dead New Zealanders.)
First, you have no way of knowing whether you’ve scored one of the fatally toxic ones.
Second, the swine who’s selling to you probably doesn’t know either. Or feel troubled enough to stop doing it.
The latest incarnations of this product have been taking users beyond the so far more commonplace consequences of dribbling,vomiting, incoherent, unstable, soiled-yourself, what-areyou-looking-at . . I’m king-of-theworld. . . or-would-be-if-theyweren’t-all-closing-in-on-me mess of debilitations.
Those ones taken in accordance with the blackhearted manufacturers’ lack of instructions, are perfectly capable of ruining you in interesting ways.
But these new ones featuring the AMB-FUBINACA ingredient can kill you so much more expeditiously.
Not that anyone who is still selling the stuff would seem to care
in this emphatically illegal, utterly unregulated, fiercely competitive industry.
Bereft families, A and E staff, police, coroners, all are pleading for people not to buy, or sell, the product previously known as synthetic cannabis. That description is now out of favour with officialdom because the association with the contentious, but nothing like as noxious, marijuana is just too spurious.
The deaths are coming so thick and fast that anyone caught supplying synthetics who tries to portray themselves as ignorant of, let alone innocent in, the resulting human carnage, has a massive credibility problem.
The fact that synthetics are now more easy to obtain, and cheaper, has been cited to support a case for legalising cannabis.
The counter argument is that there’s no evidence to suggest trying to solve one drug issue by increasing access to another would be an effective approach. T
hat’s a contention that sits oddly alongside the use of, for example, a methadone programme.
But there’s no getting around it that the increasing use of these always dodgy, sometimes hideously dangerous, synthetics are a further reminder that in the absence of a regulated legal products, illegal alternatives have a much larger market.
The operational failure of attempts in 2014 to create a regulated market for psychoactive substances failed after the testing process required, in some cases, testing on animals.
Society has some big calls to make here, and the need to sort ourselves out is becoming increasingly urgent.