Three deaths from synthetic drugs in the past month

THEY carry names including Bliss and TranQuility, but don't be fooled - synthetic drugs can be deadly.

The effects of illegal designer drugs and the treatment of those symptoms have health-care experts in a head spin, as unknown chemicals and concoctions are in each product.

Sunshine Coast Medicare Local chairman Peter Dobson said medical professionals were "in the dark" when treating patients for synthetic drug use.

"There are so many different things being put into these products that there is absolutely no consistency," Dr Dobson said. "The effects are unknown, it is unpredictable - it's not good."

Last month the Queensland Government responded to an increase in synthetic drug use by not only banning all the chemicals found in the drugs, but any synthetic drug manufactured - regardless of its make.

Attorney General and Member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie said offenders were already feeling the consequences of the new law.

"We have cast the net wide, making the possession, sale or trafficking of any substance with an intended similar effect to a dangerous drug a criminal offence," he said. "If you are caught with synthetic drugs in Queensland, you face possible jail time."

Three separate deaths have been linked to illegal designer drug use in Queensland in the past month. Another was recorded last December.

Dr Dobson said some of the known chemicals used to manufacture the drugs were considered highly dangerous.

"No drug is safe, especially the ones which are not natural and contain extremely harmful components," he said. "Violence is our biggest concern at the moment, but hallucinations are also concerning symptoms.

"People just need to realise the effects these drugs can have, not just in the short term but the long term."


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