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The Dangers of Synthetic Drugs and Alcoholic Energy Drinks
1/4/13 By Staff

The Dangers of Synthetic Drugs and Alcoholic Energy Drinks:
Do You Know the Signs of Use?

Since 2009, synthetic drugs like K2 and Spice have spread throughout the U.S. The American Association of Poison Control Centers receive thousands of calls a year related to human exposure of synthetic marijuana and bath salts. Unfortunately, the majority of the people affected by this epidemic are those age 25 and younger.

Join Distance and Continuing Education at North Dakota State University, Fargo and Prairie St. Johns as they host Alcopos, AMEDS and SLIDs: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You. This free presentation by Frank White, associate professor of sociology at University of North Dakota, will be held at NDSU Beckwith Hall on January 15, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. White will focus on raising awareness about the dangers of synthetic drugs like bath salts and spice products, as well as the lethal combination of alcohol and energy drinks. He will cover the various street names, signs and symptoms of usage, risk factors and side effects, legal concerns, and current marketing strategies directed at adolescents and young adults. 

Frank White has taught sociology for the past 24 years, his scholarly interests include drug use and abuse among adolescents and young adults with special emphasis on binge drinking, date rape, anabolic steroids, and synthetic drugs (SLIDs).

For more information or to register for this free event, visit the NDSU Distance and Continuing Education website at  Continuing Education Units are available for $10.

NDSU Distance and Continuing Education offers online graduate and undergraduate degrees, business training and CEU opportunities, conference planning services, and professional development for teachers. For more information contact Distance and Continuing Education at 701-231-7015 or 1-800-726-1724 or visit their website at

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