Synthetic Drugs - Unsafe Recreational Drugs
Synthetic drugs that are abused by so many are man-made and produced in labs by mixing different toxic and dangerous chemicals together.
The illegal drugs that are abused many times are manufactured and produced in clandestine labs then sold on the illicit drug market. There are also drugs produced legitimately in laboratories for the use in the medical field for therapeutic purposes.
Most of the time when drugs are synthetically produced in illicit labs many dangerous and seriously unsafe chemical compounds are combined together and drug users don't even know what's in them. Now a days, synthetic illicit drugs are much more potent and dangerous than ever before. Extremely toxic chemicals are added and the effects from these synthetic drugs can be deadly.
This new report talks about the dangers of synthetic drug incenses that are being sold legally and the dangerous effects of these illicit drugs.
Examples of Synthetic Drugs that are Abused
- K2 Synthetic Marijuana (Cannabis)
K2 is a legal form of marijuana that's becoming more abused by many people every day. Young people are abusing this synthetic cannabis because it's getting easier and easier to get. K2 users can find this synthetic marijuana in smoke shops, gas stations, some convenience stores and it's also available through the internet. There are very serious risks and effects involved when using K2.
K2 is also referred to as K2 spice, Spice, K2 Summit, Genie, Zohai as well as other street names. K2 is a combination of dried herbs that are sprayed with a man-made cannabinoid type substance that's similar to marijuana and marketed as incense.
The health risks associated with K2 may include; anxiety and agitation, tremors, hallucinations, and seizures. What could possibly make these health risks worse is the fact that K2 users are also mixing this substance with other drugs and sometimes alcohol. This synthetic cannabis could prove to be much more serious and dangerous than marijuana.
LSD is a synthetic drug that's been abused since the 60s. This drug then and now is abused for the hallucinogenic effects this synthetic drug produces when abused. When LSD is abused in large doses, the effects become delusional, paranoiac as well as hallucinogenic.
There are many street names this synthetic drug goes by; acid, boomers, yellow sunshine, back breaker, battery acid, doses, dots, Elvis, loony-toons, Lucy in the sky with diamonds, pane, superman, window pane and Zen.
There is no legitimate use for LSD and the potential for abuse is high which is why this drug is classified as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act.
- Ecstasy (MDMA)
Ecstasy also referred to as MDMA, is a synthetic psychoactive drug that has a similar chemical make-up to methamphetamine. Ecstasy is also very similar to mescaline which is a hallucinogen. When ecstasy is abused the user's energy is increased, they experience euphoria, and emotionally they experience feelings of warmth and passion. Ecstasy use distorts the user's perception of time and physical experiences.
Most of the people that abuse ecstasy are young adults and adolescents but there are older adults that abuse it too. Ecstasy is a very popular synthetic drug among party-goers, those that attend all night parties called 'raves', and is also popular among many urban gay males. Many times Ecstasy is combined with alcohol as well as legal and illicit drugs. Sadly this synthetic drug is highly abused today and very addictive. Combing ecstasy with other drugs could prove to be deadly so this stimulant drug needs to be taken seriously.
Methadone is a synthetic drug that's been around for over 30 years for the treatment of opioid dependency. Heroin abusers become addicted to the drug and methadone is administered to treat the acute cravings and need to repeat heroin use in addicts.
When methadone is used once a day, it makes a huge difference when an individual is detoxing from heroin, morphine and other opiate drugs. Methadone maintenance treatment not only helps with detoxing the addict safely but helps to manage heroin and opiate withdrawal symptoms.
Methadone is a successful maintenance treatment when combined with Behavioral Therapy. Today, many addicts have become dependent on methadone and are finding their dependency on this synthetic narcotic hard to deal with. Many have become dependent on methadone while treating their opioid addictions to heroin, morphine and other opiates. Methadone maintenance treatment also known as MMT requires continuous treatment and this can take a few years for some opiate users. It appears to be much easier than any of us realize to trade one addiction for another.
Methadone Maintenance Treatment can be successful but the user has to be dedicated in wanting to change their life for the better, continue with follow up behavioral therapy and make good choices one day at a time. This treatment has done a lot of good for many people but it's not a miracle drug, the heroin or opioid user has to work just as hard when striving for a successful recovery.
Mephedrone is a man-made synthetic psychoactive stimulant that is causing a major stir. Mephedrone has hit the illicit drug market and drug users are abusing it because it's a substitute for ecstasy, cocaine and amphetamines. Mephedrone is quite new in the United States but will probably not take long to catch on and become a major synthetic drug of concern.
The street names drug users are using when referencing Mephedrone are; meow, miaow, and M-cat. Mephedrone is usually found in a very fine white or off-white powder and a yellowish powder. Mephedrone is also abused in crystal form, pill form and in capsule form that contains the fine powdery substance. Mephedrone products are sold over the internet and are manufactured as herbal bath salts, plant food and research chemicals.
Mephedrone abusers swallow the synthetic drug, snort it by inhaling the powder, smoke it or inject it. When swallowing Mephedrone the user can experience longer but much less intense highs. Snorting Mephedrone produces an increased intense high for a shorter period of time. Snorting Mephedrone increases the risk of addiction and dependency to this synthetic drug. There are also many Mephedrone users that combine it with cathinone which is a chemical that's similar to ephedrine, or mix it with caffeine.
Mephedrone Effects Include; Euphoria, Alertness, Talkativeness, Anxiety, Paranoia, Hallucinations, Teeth grinding, Rashes, Delusions, Sweating, Changes in body temperature that is very uncomfortable and Sometimes blue or cold fingers.
Mephedrone Health Effects Include; Heart over-stimulation, Circulatory System over-stimulation and Over-stimulation of the nervous system.
Synthetic Drugs and Narcotic Abuse Treatment
It doesn't matter what type of drug or narcotic is being abused or whether it's a synthetic drug or not, dependency and addiction are very serious psychological and sometimes physical medical conditions. Chronic abuse most of the time requires Detoxification Treatment, Behavioral Therapy or Substance Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation. The more toxic, chronic and serious the drug of abuse is, the more extensive the drug treatment needs to be.
Sometimes the drug addict isn't ready to face their addiction and it's necessary for a professional experienced drug intervention to take place. The drug user doesn't have to be willing in the beginning to have an extremely successful recovery. If you or someone you know is struggling with a drug addiction or multiple substance addictions and need advice on what to do next, call 1-800-559-9503 and start that recovery process today.