The Dangers of Synthetic Drugs

Know the Dangers of Synthetic Drugs

  1. Synthetic drug facts: Synthetic drugs include any substance that aims to mimic the effects of illegal chemicals and may contain stimulant, depressant, or hallucinogenic properties.
  2. What to look for: Synthetic drug packaging can range from plastic tubes or bottles to brightly colored foil packets.
  3. What to say: If you have concern that someone you know may be using synthetic drugs, it is important to address the issue directly, with the individual's best interest in mind.

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Prohibited Mailings

Prohibited Mail

Postal Inspectors focus on illicit drug mailers and distribution rings, maintaining an aggressive drug parcel-detection program, and seeking prosecution of mailers and recipients of illegal drugs.

Prohibited Mail

Postal Inspectors make hundreds of arrests annually, with seizures of illegal narcotics, cash profits, weapons, and other contraband and materials related to investigations.

Prohibited Mail

Besides seizing thousands of drug shipments, Postal Inspectors work with local police, the National Guard, DEA, FBI, IRS, and ICE to identify drug-related money laundering operations and seize the assets of the biggest violators.

Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids - including prescription pain relievers, heroin and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl - is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is estimated at more than $78 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.

Postal Inspectors play a key role in investigating those who mail opioids. We identify drug parcels, and also work to identify and find the sender and recipients. But law enforcement is only one solution. Education is a critical component to curbing the abuse of prescription medications and must target every segment of society, including doctors. You might not be a victim of this epidemic, but you might know someone who is. Protect them. Don't let them become a victim.

If mail was used in a crime, even if the crime began on the Internet, phone, or in person, report it to Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455, or at