Synthetic drug sales booming on Web

  • Article by: LARRY OAKES , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 11, 2011 - 10:57 AM

Dealers cover their tracks and make misleading claims as online traffic soars.

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marcuskelleySep. 10, 1110:22 PM

Risky, risky business—buying recreational drugs online from people one can not track down. And to those who wish to consider this route, don't forget: there is nothing stopping these sellers from mailing diluted or non-active "stuff" in place of what you are thinking you are spending your money on. What are you going to do, call the BBB or the police? Don't do it. Don't do it. Don't do it.

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iamsamiamSep. 10, 1110:24 PM

Growing menance? 20 deaths nationwide, as compared to how many for alcohol, prescription drugs ( legally prescribed or not ) and the Strib feels this issue deserves this crusade? I don't understand the moral panic here. I was especially appalled at the recent story exploiting the kid's death "tied to synthetic pot" for the Strib's editorial approach to news. Get over it. Quit making your own misleading claims and prosecuting a self-titled "new war on synthetic drugs". No one is buying it.

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thisisinsaneSep. 10, 1111:41 PM

Call me an old fuddy-duddy if you want (but I'm only a young early 50 something). For the life of me, I cannot understand Americans' insatiable appetite for drugs, be it heroin, cocaine, meth, pot, or any other illegal narcs, prescription pain meds, sleeping pills, uppers, downers, or these "new" synthetic drugs. It seems to transcend all social-economic classes and ages. What is it about people's lives that they just cannot seem to cope with life, or that they just have to find that "high" for any and all number of reasons? I understand that many of these drugs are highly addictive, but why go there is the first place? It just seems all so incredibly stupid and moronic. Not to mention expensive. How many of these people really have the $ to piss away on drugs? I just don't get it. Someone, enlighten me.

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gladwarefunSep. 11, 11 1:17 AM

This article is highly editorial. The stuff that the folks in Blaine were using was not herbal incense. It was a different product altogether. And if it hadn't been a synthetic whatever? It would have been alcohol or a harder drug...those people were determined. We need to back out of people's personal lives and let adults be adults. Every time I read one of these stories, I notice that you can supplant the word 'synthetic cannabinoid' or the buzzword in use in the tract with the word 'alcohol' and most sentences would still make sense, with regard to what the folks were consuming when they did their awful deeds. Just. leave. people. alone.

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zenbirdistSep. 11, 11 6:17 AM

Curiously, no one is mentioning the fact that these dangerous synthetic drugs are out there because of the prohibition on marijuana, a natural and non-toxic plant that has never in the history of mankind ever killed anyone. In the meantime, as has been mentioned above, alcohol continues to kill. Why are Americans trusted to moderate themselves with alcohol and not with marijuana? The pharmaceutical and alcohol lobbies are bigger than the collective IQ in Washington, is what I figure.

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obamaosamaSep. 11, 11 7:53 AM

I've taken 2ce. It's great. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone or take it again. One time, no big deal.

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holymooseSep. 11, 11 8:15 AM

If kids didn't know how to find this stuff, they do now!

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lordhawhaw1Sep. 11, 11 8:18 AM

A little Darwinism at work.

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XiotisSep. 11, 11 8:25 AM

Oh dear God just legalize the real stuff already! I don't even smoke weed but I don't understand this country's holier-than-thou stance on keeping it illegal. In the many years I was a bartender, I never - not once - witnessed customers becoming rowdy or downright violent if they were toking. I can't say the same about alcohol; I had to break up several brawls (even got a black eye myself, once) due to alcohol over-consumption. Addiction and lack of self control is the problem, not the substance.

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smallfryguySep. 11, 11 8:45 AM

What is the star tribune's obsession with trying to make this a story. More people died last year from accidental toilet bowl drownings (look it up) than by synthetic drugs. I don't know anyone who uses synthetic drugs. I do know a lot of people who use...guess what..actual drugs! Yes, they still exist and are really more of an issue but hey, SENSATIONALIZE away.

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