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Vital Signs: Synthetic Drugs -- Even A Little Can Do A Lot Of Harm

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They’ve been linked to the death of a teenager in Frisco last year, and to dozens of recent overdoses in the Dallas area. In this edition of Vital Signs, Dr. Brett Roth of the North Texas Poison Center discusses two forms of synthetic drugs, the N-bomb (251 NBOMe) and he begins with a synthetic marijuana called K-2 or Spice.

For more information:

North Texas Poison Center

Fact Sheet on synthetic drugs

What Are Synthetic Drugs?

3 face federal drug charges in Frisco teen’s overdose death

Nearly 120 People Overdose on Synthetic Marijuana in 5-Day Period

The Designer Drug "N-Bomb" Has Been Linked to the Death of a Frisco Teen

Sam Baker is KERA's senior editor and local host for Morning Edition. The native of Beaumont, Texas, also edits and produces radio commentaries and Vital Signs, a series that's part of the station's Breakthroughs initiative. He also was the longtime host of KERA 13’s Emmy Award-winning public affairs program On the Record. He also won an Emmy in 2008 for KERA’s Sharing the Power: A Voter’s Voice Special, and has earned honors from the Associated Press and the Public Radio News Directors Inc.