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2 Designer Drug Issues in the State of New Jersey Assistant Prosecutor W. Brian Stack (908) 575-3320; Revised from original PowerPoint by: DEBORAH COLE FORENSIC SCIENTIST III OFFICE OF FORENSIC SCIENCE NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE (609)584-5054 ext. 5741

3 Designer Drugs “Designer drugs” are synthetic derivatives of federally controlled substances, created by slightly altering the molecular structure of existing drugs Produced illegally in clandestine laboratories for illicit use Most prevalent: Cathinones and Synthetic Cannabinoids

4 Worldwide Epidemic Manufactured in China, India and Asia Ordered online from Asian distributors Routed through Europe and shipped to the US in inconspicuous packaging - almost impossible to track Sold in convenience stores, gas stations, head & skateboard shops

5 Synthetic Cannabinoids (Spice / K2 / Synthetic Marijuana) Synthetic marijuana is a designer drug in which herbs, incense or other leafy materials are sprayed with lab-synthesized liquid chemicals to mimic the effect of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

6 How to make Synthetic Cannabinoids

7 Potpourri? $1.40 for 1 Lb = 453.592 grams $25.00 for 3 grams or $3,779.93 per pound.

8 History Synthetic cannabinoids were first designed after the structure of the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana, 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (9-THC), was figured out in the 1960s. Synthetic cannabinoids have been used as a tool to study endocannabinoid biochemistry and also to design cannabinoid derivatives for medicinal use, for example in appetite stimulants and pain medications. In the late 1990s, The John W. Huffman research group at Clemson University began to synthesize over 450 cannabinoids. JWH-018 was one such synthetic cannabinoid that his group created for research purposes but in 2004 it first appeared in Europe in recreational smoke blends under the marketed name “Spice” or “K2.” First became available in the U.S. in 2008. It was frequently marketed as incense in colorful three ounce pouches and labeled “not for human consumption”. Spice or K2 became increasingly popular with high school students and young adults because it was legally obtainable from convenience stores, smoke shops, and online.

9 Similar effects to natural marijuana -- elevated mood, relaxation, and altered perception. Effects often stronger than natural marijuana due to the synthesized chemicals. Users report psychotic effects like extreme anxiety, paranoia, and hallucinations. Some of the synthesized compounds in synthetic marijuana bind much more strongly to THC receptors than regular marijuana, which can lead to a more powerful, unpredictable or dangerous effect - some are 100x more potent than the THC in natural marijuana. In addition, the chemical composition is not regulated and may be laced with other toxic chemicals.

10 Growing Popularity and Media Attention In 2010, the DEA reported that 30–35% of specimens submitted by juvenile probation departments tested positive for synthetic cannabinoids. 2011 Use of synthetic marijuana use was second only to use of natural marijuana in high school seniors. 36% of U.S. high school seniors reported past year use of natural marijuana, while over 11% reported use of synthetic marijuana 4.5% of urine specimens collected from 5,956 U.S. athletes tested positive for synthetic cannabinoids, the highest of all drug classes detected.

11 Why so popular? Easy to obtain at most convenience stores; Trade shows (vendors sell products at annual counter-culture convention in Atlantic City); Most drug tests do not test for these substances – US Military, CDL licenses, Employers, Drug Courts; Addictive – Somerset County CI’s report the length of high is only 30 minutes, and some users resort to prostitution to fund their habit.

12 Spice Timeline

13 Poison Control Data American Assn. of Poison Control Centers Synthetic Marijuana Data: Year Number of Cases 2011 6,968 2012 5,230 2013 2,666 2014 (through Aug. 31) 2,154

14 Synthetic marijuana killed nine people in 2010 in the U.S. An 18 year old, David Rozga, of Indianola, Iowa smoked Spice and “felt like he was in hell” and shot himself with a shotgun A Hawaiian man threw his girlfriend off an 11 th floor balcony while high on Spice Horror Stories

15 2011 Chase’s Law (banning synthetic marijuana) was passed in Georgia. Named after 16 y/o Georgia teen Chase Burnett. Chase was found dead in March in a hot tub at his Fayette County home, a packet of synthetic marijuana was found nearby.

16 Max Dobner, (Illinois) died June 14, 2011 after he bought a $12 packet of “ iAroma” at the local mall. Within 15 minutes of smoking it, he phoned his older brother to say he was having a panic attack and was freaking out. Dobner, a college student, got into his 1999 Chrysler and drove 100 mph on neighborhood roads until he crashed into and destroyed a suburban home, the car lodged inside a baby’s empty bedroom.

17 “Bath Salts” - Synthetic Cathinones Synthetic cathinones are central nervous system stimulants. They are chemically similar to cathinone, a Schedule I controlled substance that occurs naturally in the khat plant (Catha edulis) a native African plant.

18 Not really “Bath Salts” Psychoactive drug that produces distinctive emotional and social effects, similar to those of Ecstasy (MDMA) and Hallucinogens, but also act as central nervous system stimulants (like cocaine or amphetamines).

19 Dangerous? Anxious and jittery behavior Decreased need for sleep Lack of appetite Severe paranoia Erratic behavior with potential for hallucinations Violence and self-mutilation

20 Artist Bryan Lewis Saunders’ “Drugs” Self Portrait Project So what does doing bath salts feel like? Saunders said he's only tried any given drug -- except for weed -- one time. But he said bath salts gave him the worst trip of all. "It made me angry, ornery, just gave me a real vicious angst," he said. "It's like a dark cloud of doom settling on your shoulders. Your brain gets really clogged.” "You just want it to end -- I'd never ever do it again," he added.

21 Generation 1 MDPV Mephedrone In decline due to federal ban

22 Poison Control Data American Ass’n of Poison Control Centers Bath Salts Data Year Number of Cases 2011 6,137 2012 2,691 2013 996 2014 (through Aug. 31) 421


24 Horror Stories Investigators determine that Army Sgt. David Stewart was under the influence of bath salts when he killed himself, his wife Kristy and their five-year-old son (who was found with a plastic bag over his head) in Spanaway, Washington. Granules of bath salts were found in his car and his home, and a 500-milligram jar of salts was found in his pocket, according to the coroner.

25 Horror Stories Mark Thompson of Alum Creek, West Virginia was arrested after allegedly killing his neighbor's goat while under the influence of bath salts. According to the criminal complaint, Thompson was found semi-dressed in women's clothing in his bedroom with blood everywhere. The goat was dead on the floor next to a pornographic photo. Thompson told police he'd been taking bath salts for three days.

26 New Jersey Legal History “Bath Salts” On 4/27/11, by Order of the Acting Director of the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, six types of “bath salts” were added to the New Jersey list of Controlled Dangerous Substances as Schedule I CDS: 3,4 – Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) 4 – Methylmethcathinone (Mephedrone, 4-MMC) 3,4 – Methylenedioxymethcathinone (Methylone, MDMC) 4 – Fluoromethcathinone (Flephedrone, 4-FMC) 3 – Fluoromethcathinone (3-FMC) 4 – Methoxymethcathinone (Methedrone, bk-PMMA, PMMC) K2 / Spice / Synthetic Cannabinoids / Herbal Incense On 4/1/11, five synthetic cannabinoids became Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substances in New Jersey: 1-pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-018) 1-butyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-073) 1-[2-(4-morpholinyl)etyl]-3-(1-naphtyoyl)indole (JWH-200) 5-(1,1-dimethylheptyl)-2-[(1R,3S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl]-phenol (CP-47,497) 5-(1,1-dimethyloctyl))-2-[(1R,3S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl]-phenol (cannabicyclohexanol; CP-47,497 C8) The DEA Administrator issued an Order scheduling these substances dated 3/1/11; under NJ law, the substances automatically become scheduled in NJ 30 days later.

27 Current Law: Synthetic Cannabinoids (as of 3/12/13) Distribution / PWI – 2C:35-5.3b –1 oz. or more = 2 nd degree –Less than 1 oz. = 3 rd degree Possession – 2C:35-5.3c –1 oz. or more = 3 rd degree –Less than 1 oz. = 4 th degree “Synthetic Cannabinoid” – includes 11 named classes, as well as “any other synthetic chemical compound that is a cannabinoid receptor agonist and mimics the pharmacological effect of naturally occurring cannabinoids that is not listed in Schedules II through V or is not an FDA approved drug.”

28 Current Law: Synthetic Cathinones (as of 8/22/11) Distribution / PWI – 2C:35-5.3a (six named types) –1 oz. or more = 2 nd degree –Less than 1 oz. = 3 rd degree Possession – 2C:35-10.3a –1 oz. or more = 3 rd degree –Less than 1 oz. = 4 th degree Only applies to six named substances.

29 24:21-3c – “30 day rollover” c. If any substance is designated, rescheduled or deleted as a controlled dangerous substance under Federal law and notice thereof is given to the director, the director shall similarly control the substance under P.L.1970, c. 226, as amended and supplemented, after the expiration of 30 days from publication in the Federal Register of a final order designating a substance as a controlled dangerous substance or rescheduling or deleting a substance, unless within that 30-day period, the director objects to inclusion, rescheduling, or deletion.... Any substance scheduled federally automatically becomes scheduled in New Jersey 30 days later.

30 Main groups of new psychoactive substances Generation 2 and 3 Naphyrone 4'-methyl-a-pyrrolidinopropiophenone (MPPP) 3',4'-methylenedioxy-a-pyrrolidinopropiophenone (MDPPP) methylone (or 3,4-methylenedioxymethcathinone a-pyrrolidinopropiophenone (a-PPP) 3',4'-methylenedioxy-a-pyrrolidinopropiophenone (MDPPP) Pentedrone - also known as 2-(methylamino)-1- phenylpentan-1-one Alpha-PVP - a-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha- Pyrrolidinovalerophenone

31 Problem: New substances are being created and sold (legally) faster than law enforcement can identify the substances as a problem and the legislature can act to ban them.

32 Next Problem: Vaping, E-cigarettes and E-liquids No odor Lab takes months to test substance Substances not yet scheduled Sold in vapor shops

33 Questions?

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