synthetic drugs http://apr.org en Raids Target Synthetic Drugs, Sellers Across US http://apr.org/post/raids-target-synthetic-drugs-sellers-across-us <p></p><p>Federal agents are serving hundreds of warrants in dozens of cities as part of a continued crackdown on synthetic drug manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers.</p><p>A spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration says agents in at least 25 states began serving search and arrest warrants at homes, warehouses and smoke shops early Wednesday.</p><p>The largest single operation is a state-wide effort in Alabama. Agents also are serving warrants in Florida and New Mexico, among other states.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 21:26:01 +0000 The Associated Press 51524 at http://apr.org Raids Target Synthetic Drugs, Sellers Across US Researchers Link Synthetic Drug To Kidney Injury http://apr.org/post/researchers-link-synthetic-drug-kidney-injury <P>Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham say smoking synthetic marijuana — known as Spice or K2 — has been linked to kidney injury.</P> <P>UAB researchers conducted four case studies involving four young men who smoked synthetic marijuana and suffered kidney injuries afterward. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 23:11:54 +0000 The Associated Press 24642 at http://apr.org Researchers Link Synthetic Drug To Kidney Injury Fake Pot Is A Real Problem For Regulators http://apr.org/post/fake-pot-real-problem-regulators This week, President Obama signed a law banning synthetic marijuana and other synthetic drugs. Dozens of states and local governments have already tried to outlaw fake marijuana, which has been blamed for hundreds of emergency room visits and a handful of fatalities.<p>But the bans have proved largely ineffective, and there are fears that the federal law won't be any different.<p>Synthetic marijuana looks a bit like dried grass clippings. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 07:04:00 +0000 editor 14433 at http://apr.org Fake Pot Is A Real Problem For Regulators