MARIETTA, Ga. --Synthetic drugs have gained popularity over the last couple of years due to their difficulty to regulate and other- the- counter availability.

Many law enforcement agencies are seeing a higher incidence of driving while under the influence of synthetic andprescriptiondrugs, as opposed to alcohol.

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Two of the mostrecognizable drugs being: Bath Salts and Synthetic Marijuana.

Bath Salts are described as a "powder-like" designer drug that has come to be known as "fake cocaine." The most common bath saltcompoundis mephedrone and MDVP.

Typically, bath salts cause anxious and jittery behavior, lack of appetite, paranoia, hallucinations and insomnia.

Another popular synthetic drug is K2 or Synthetic Marijuana. The chemicals that make up this this drug are very similar to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

K2 causes dizziness, heart palpitations, paranoia,hallucinationand an overallsenseof central nervous system (CNS) over stimulation.

The aforementioned drugs have been identified as being verydangerousand if over consumed, they can yield fatal consequences.However, police are seeing these drugs more frequently in DUI cases across metro Atlanta.

For more information on these drugs and abuse prevention visit Drug Abuse online or Stop Your Addiction.

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