Mind Altering Nutmeg High and Ivory Wave could lead to Death
Recreational drug use is extremely common today. The use of illegal drugs, prescription drugs and over the counter medications is very widespread and the use of legal drugs for non-medical reasons is increasing in numbers by the day.
Many people abuse substances and medications recreationally just to enhance their enjoyment socially. It's becoming very popular to abuse psychoactive and hallucinogenic drugs and substances 'just for fun'. This is not only dangerous but SAD.
You can turn the news on at any given time and somewhere someone has come up with another way of getting 'high' or 'buzzed'. Sadly it is becoming a normal part of our news broadcasts anymore. I don't understand why so many young people as well as some older adults are so eager and intent on finding ways to become intoxicated, hallucinate, or dangerously euphoric.
Recently in the news the trend of 'nutmeg spice intoxication' was talked about again. This type of substance abuse isn't new; the first case of 'nutmeg high' was documented in 1576 according to an article from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. According to this report, the abuse of nutmeg in the 60s was somewhat popular with some young people and that convicts have always abused nutmeg.
Nutmeg is a spice that is meant to be used in cooking and baking. It comes from the seeds of Myritica fragrans and for a long time has had a reputation as a psychoactive herb. In high doses, nutmeg is considered a cheap substitute for some drugs that are abused.
A toxicology report of nutmeg abuse in 2000 talks about a young patient's experience with abusing nutmeg, she was only 13 years old and it was the first time she used the spicy drug. During a 3 hour period she had ingested between 15 to 24 grams of nutmeg and also shared 2 marijuana joints. So abusing nutmeg isn't new that's for sure.
It was documented that the 13 year old who abused nutmeg experienced strange and unusual behavior and she also experienced hallucinations visually, physically (tactile), and audibly (hearing). Other physical effects include blurred vision and numbness then double and triple vision along with the following:
- Muscle weakness
- Hot and cold sensations
Watch this news report as the reporter explains the dangers of getting high from nutmeg including death.
As mentioned above, people are still abusing this spice and brag about it on the internet through twitter, you-tube and other social networks. Some young people are actually snorting nutmeg which I'm sure will eventually cause other serious health problems as well as paranoia, racing heart and hallucinations. Nutmeg abuse especially in high doses can also cause death; young people need to understand that.
Ivory Wave another Recreational Psychoactive Drug
According to a news report, there are stores selling a potentially dangerous substance that's called Ivory Wave. This hallucinogen is marketed as bath salts and sells for about $35.00. When a Saint Louis County Medical Examiner tested the ingredients found in the bath salts he found a combination of Lidocaine and Pyrovalerone. According to the Doctor that examined the Ivory Wave ingredients it could cause a stroke and death. Lidocaine is used as an anesthetic and Pyrovalerone is a psychoactive drug that has stimulant effects.
In this new report a medical examiner explains how seriously dangerous Ivory Wave is and the dangerous effects it can have on your body. He also states he is sure with the abuse of Ivory Wave there will be deaths.
After researching this psychoactive hallucinogenic substance it may be hard to describe because there are and will continue to be copy-cat drugs available if there isn't already. The effects are quite similar to ecstasy and cocaine when abused. It's also reported to be a recreational substance of abuse in the United Kingdom and in Australia.
No one really knows how their body will react when abusing toxic drugs and substances until they use them. Many people are going to lose their lives while using recreational drugs and substances like Ivory Wave because there is no way of really knowing what's in the substance they're abusing. My heart goes out to those that find out the hard way and the families and friends who will mourn their loss.
Vodka Eyeballing New Drinking Fad
A new substance abuse fad I ran across is called Vodka Eyeballing which is a new way of ingesting vodka. Young people unbelievably are abusing alcohol by pouring it directly in their eyes and again they're bragging about it via the internet. There are hundreds of videos that came from the United Kingdom showing this dangerous fad.
According to some experts, it's a prank and a fad but not a way of becoming intoxicated. Unfortunately these young people don't realize how dangerous and damaging this is to they eyes and their vision. Because Vodka is about 50 percent alcohol, there can be burning and scarring of the cornea and then eventually blindness. Many people are either born without sight or lose their sight due to injury or disease. With the fad 'vodka eyeballing you need to realize you're choosing to lose your sight!
In this news report a doctor explains the damage that can be done to ones sight due to Vodka Eyeballing
I wish young people realized just how precious life is and how quickly it can end. Many young people are abusing substances and don't even know what they are or what they consist of. Getting high or buzzed just to have fun or to 'fit in' is dangerous and sometimes deadly. As I research some of these fads, read tragic drug abuse stories, and learn the serious dangers associated with the drugs people are abusing, I realize sometimes 'tomorrow' can be too late if you need help.
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