March 13, 2012, 11:00 AM – Eastern Time
Deadly Chemistry: The Rise of Synthetic Drugs
The lecture will include three speakers on the subject of synthetic drugs. Dr. Ruben Baler, Health Scientist, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will talk about the place of these synthetic drugs in the context of other psychoactive substances in terms of their chemistry and behavioral pharmacology. Lisa Pryor, DEA Group Supervisor, Tactical Diversion Squad will give a brief overview on Bath Salts and Spice, the effects of those drugs, and a few things learned in the field about how they are used. Robert Bell, DEA Staff Coordinator, Synthetic Drugs & Chemicals Section will provide an overview of synthetic designer drug trafficking and abuse, of difficulties designer drugs pose to law enforcement officials, and of DEA’s efforts to schedule designer drugs to address public safety issues.