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Two decades ago the average street drug that was considered illegal were drugs like cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and speed. The definition of a street drug is any drug that is taken primarily for its mind altering effects and has no medicinal application.
It is surprising that people who wish to get high will take any type of drug, no matter how dangerous. Today’s new generation of street drugs are by far more dangerous than they were just twenty years ago because they include a new group of drugs known to this new generation of drug users as “Designer Drugs.”
They are called designer drugs because they appeal primarily to adolescents and teens. Designer drugs are cheap homemade drugs that contain all kinds of chemicals and you can never know what is in a designer drug, therefore you never know what they can do to you.
What Are Designer Drugs?
Designer drugs are a synthetic drug analog of a legally restricted or prohibited drug that has been devised to circumvent drug laws. Designer drugs are created in an “underground” (illegal, secret laboratory). Designer drugs are created by changing the properties of a drug that comes from a plant, such as cocaine, morphine, or marijuana, using the tools of chemistry to slightly manipulate its chemical formula. Each new designer drug has a new and different effect on the brain or behavior.
MDMA (Ecstasy), ketamine, GHB, Rohypnol, LSD (acid), and methamphetamine are some examples of designer drugs. These drugs may also be referred to as “club drugs” because of their use in night clubs.
Since many designer drugs are created in illegal labs, their ingredients and potency (how strong they are) vary a lot, making it nearly impossible to know what is actually in them or what they can do to you. For example, Ecstasy tablets are often contaminated with other things, like ephedrine (used to treat allergies and asthma), ketamine (an injected anesthetic given for minor surgeries), and methamphetamine (another illicit drug).
It is not surprising that these unknown mixtures can cause dangerous side effects, such as seizures, memory loss, coma and even death.
What Every Parent Should Know
Designer drugs are taking over our society and our children. They are created and marketed to get around existing drug laws. Designer drugs are a particular class of synthetic drugs that are produced by changing the molecular structure of an existing drug. The newly created drug is altogether new and does not have the properties of the drugs it was created from.
Designer Drugs are perhaps the worst of all illicit drugs to ever hit the market. They can cause the user to have increased heart rhythm which can lead to a heart attack, elevated blood pressure which can cause sweating, chills, insomnia, tremors and many other symptoms. The risks associated with using Designer Drugs include anxiety, hallucinations, loss of appetite, paranoia, psychosis, and loss of sex drive.
There are three main drugs from which Designer Drugs are made. They are PCP, fontanel and amphetamine/meth-amphetamine. Once the chemical compositions of these drugs are changed they are given a variety of street names like Ecstasy, XTC, Fantasy, Adam, and Special K are just a few. These drugs can take effect in one to five minutes but the affects seldom lasts past a few hours, usually thirty to ninety minutes.
Symptoms and Side Effects
Most Designer Drugs produce feelings of euphoria, stimulation, a sense of well-being and other sensory distortions and perceptions. High doses of Designer Drugs may cause paranoia, violent or irrational behavior, hallucinations and fatal overdoses.
Increased heart rate, hypertension, blurred vision, clenched teeth, uncontrolled tremors, anorexia, drooling nausea, vomiting, impaired speech, chills and sweating, total paralysis, dehydration, heat exhaustion, seizures, respiratory problems, permanent brain damage, and death.
Common side effects of designer drugs are severe anxiety, irritability, confusion, irrational thinking, depression, emotional sensitivity, amnesia, insomnia, hallucinations, and violent behavior.
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