As our society becomes more and more technologically advanced, so does the war on drugs. It seems like we have synthetic versions of everything these days including drugs, so I definitely think it is something we should be knowledgeable about. I highly recommend you spend an evening surfing the Internet and see what is out there, you will be amazed at what you discover, for instance.
“Molly’s Plant Food” really isn’t plant food, and even it it could be used as a plant food, not many people would pay $20-$50 to fertilize one plant. It really is a chemical that causes a high similar to ECSTASY. Not only is it available online, but it can also be found in smoke shops, gas stations, and convenience stores. I have also heard of this being marketed as bath salts.
There is also synthetic or herbal marijuana type products that are usually marketed as incense. They go by names such as: Spice, K2, K3, K4, K(whatever), Mystic Monkey, Krypt2nite, etc. A lot of these have been sprayed with a chemical (JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-250, JWH-200) that produces a cannabis type high. Many states and communities have made these chemicals illegal and there is rumor that the federal government is planning to take action, but as of today they are legal in many places.
Being knowledgeable about the drug culture and what people are using to alter their states of mind will help you be a better houseparent. At our first facility (14 years ago) we had a young lady that always walked around with an infants pacifier tied to a string around her neck. Everybody thought she was just immature and used the pacifier to comfort her. My wife and I spent a lot of time watching programs on drug use and crime, and while watching one of those programs, learned that people that used Ecstasy sucked on pacifiers to prevent them from grinding their teeth when they were high. Apparently that is a side effect of the drug. Needless to say, once we mentioned that to our administrator, the pacifier quickly became contraband.
Suggested search terms for doing your research: Molly’s Plant Food, Spice, Legal High, Herbal Marijuana. I could provide links to sites with more information, but I don’t want to promote most of them.