A Brief History of Banned, Fake, and Contentious Drugs in Florida

Florida sure knows how to get caught up in a good drug scare, especially when it comes to substances that are on the cusp of becoming illegal or are downright fake in the first place. Our residents have seen some synthetics drugs' most horrifying effects, and our law enforcement officials have made some truly embarrassing gaffes when trying to stay ahead of the curve. When looking into the history of designer drugs over the past decade or so, we found that Florida seems to have played a starring role in a good number of high-profile cases. Although we're known for cocaine, pill mills, Molly-filled music festivals, and a burgeoning heroin epidemic, we've also shaped the national narrative of some less insidious substances.

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Allie Conti was a fellow at Miami New Times and a staff writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach, where her writing won awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. She's now the senior staff writer at Vice and a contributor to the New York Times, New York Magazine, and the Atlantic.