Drug traffickers thrive on their ability to penetrate national borders, but a new era of toxic, man-made highs could dissolve those boundaries and transform the global drug trade.
The state has introduced its own "psychoactive substances" act following the UK's controversial lead.
Matt Bowden tried creating legal drugs by changing the chemical structures of pre-existing illegal ones.
Toxicology reports are yet to come back but all of the drug's headline-grabbing characteristics do seem to be there—the hallucinations, fearlessness, super strength.
As Dr David Caldicott explains, a good place to start is with drug testing facilities. "Otherwise, if you think the correct message is to just say no, the implication is that you think it's okay for one or two people to die every year."
What, exactly, is so wrong with getting high in 2016?
If we don't rapidly move toward marijuana legalisation, a similar catastrophe could affect teens or young adults here.
Call it spice, K2, spike, or Flamingo—by any name, it's the cheapest and most dangerous way to get high right now.