NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., August 2, 2013/PRNewswire – The country is now facing a synthetic drug epidemic. There’s yet another dangerous legally-obtainable substance trending among young people. A synthetic cigarette liquid “Blue Blossoms” is rising in popularity. Available at most smoke and head shops, this synthetic liquid creates psychological effects similar to marijuana, Spice/K2, and even ecstasy. At Morningside Recovery, an addiction and mental health treatment center, they are seeing more and more Blue Blossoms abuse with their younger clientele. This raises new concerns for all e-cigarette smokers and the state of a synthetic drug epidemic.
Blue Blossoms and the Synthetic Drug Epidemic
E-cigarettes comprise a nearly billion-dollar industry that claims to provide a safe alternative to traditional cigarette smoking. Unfortunately, the popular product is susceptible to manipulation into drug paraphernalia through Blue Blossoms and other legal synthetic oils. Blue Blossoms fragrance even includes warning labels. These labels normally state “not for human consumption” and “product is not for sale to minors.”
However, these warnings do very little to curb the spike in misusage among young adults.
“A chemical such as Blue Blossoms reinforces the inaccurate belief that use is safe if it can be purchased legally. Individuals who use this substance report the same effects as illicit drugs as marijuana and ecstasy but remain unaware of the negative effects that come with use.”
The effects of Blue Blossoms include:
- Distorted sense of time
- Bursts of euphoria
- Lowered awareness
- Elevated heart rate
“Since Blue Blossoms is new to the market we don’t know yet the addictive nature or if there are lasting consequences, but abuse of this substance is already there and prevalent among young adults.”
The legality and resulting illusion of safety surrounding e-cigarettes and Blue Blossoms are part of what makes it so dangerous and addictive. Additionally, its emergence among young people signals a potentially new mode of addiction that is unpredictable. New legal or illegal synthetic drug oils like Blue Blossoms should be brought to as many peoples’ attention as possible in order to prevent abuse and distress for users and their loved ones.
Finding Help with Morningside Recovery
If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, reach out to Morningside Recovery today. Call 855-631-2135 to learn about our addiction treatment services available. Don’t fall victim to the synthetic drug epidemic.