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designer drugs

Etymology: L, de + signare, to mark
synthetic organic compounds that are designed as analogs of illicit drugs, with the same opioid or other dangerous effects. Because designer drugs are generally not listed as controlled substances by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, prosecution of manufacturers, distributors, or users is frequently difficult.

designer drugs

Modifications of existing psychoactive drugs so as to produce seemingly new drugs not covered by prohibitive legislation. Designer drugs are produced in secret laboratories for profit and without regard to their dangers.

designer drugs,

n.pl the synthetic organic compounds that are designed as analogs of illicit drugs and have the same narcotic or other dangerous effects.
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The five designer drugs included in the list of prohibited drugs are synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones, phenethylamine, piperazine and tryptamine.
Though designer drugs have been around for decades, there's been a recent surge in new compounds, says Jill Head, a forensic chemist at a DEA research lab in Dulles, Va.
Synthetic cannabinoids are one of the most prevalent and quickly evolving of the designer drugs.
Around 22% of those quizzed had used designer drugs in the past 30 days, up 6% on 2011 and 14% higher than the EU average of 8%.
Michael Schwartz of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to bring attention to a new designer drug being used as an alternative to marijuana.
A review and update on these designer drugs is published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Clinical laboratories should be aware of current designer drugs and be prepared to facilitate testing when appropriate.
Since routine immunoassay drug-screening methods are unable to detect most of the hundreds of individual designer drugs that have been identified, we are working with Agilent to develop advanced analytical methods to screen and confirm the presence of such drugs in both ante- and post-mortem specimens," said Dr.
This road trip suddenly takes a turn for the worse when Carol's boyfriend begins using a designer drug known as Bath Salts.
Many different techniques have been developed to screen for these newer designer drugs, including capillary electrophoresis--mass spectrometry (9-12), capillary electrophoresis coupled with a diode array detector (13), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (14, 15), and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) (16).
The three are accused of pushing ecstasy and other designer drugs to clubbers in the brash resort of San Antonio.
Anybody really interested in preserving the purity of sport ought to stop worrying about the dragless suit and do something about designer drugs.