The term “designer drugs” refers to drugs that are created in a laboratory, typically a secret, illegal one. The drugs are created by changing the properties of a drug that comes from a plant, such as cocaine, marijuana, or morphine, which is done by using chemistry. As a result, the drugs have a new, different effect on our behavior and brain, and can be very addictive and dangerous. And, just like other trending things amongst teenagers, popular substances to abuse have their own trends.
Some of the designer — also known as club drugs — known to be popular on the market include:
- Ecstasy, or MDMA
- Rohypnol, or “roofies”
- Synthetic cannabinoids, such as K2 or Spice
One of the most popular drugs circulating the scene is Molly, the nickname for the pure form of MDMA. It is either produced into pills or powder form, and has recently become more widely used among 16 to 24 year olds, thanks to pop-artists like Madonna, Kanye West, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj, among others. Molly is both a psychedelic and a stimulant, which can produce an intense, euphoric high and adrenaline rush lasting up to a few hours.
Despite the idea that Molly is the “purest” form of ecstasy, there is no way to know what other component the drug has been mixed with. Some of the negative side effects of using Molly may include the following:
- cardiac abnormalities
- long-term depression
- gastrointestinal disorders
- panic attacks
- permanent kidney damage
The drug typically comes from Asia, Canada, and the Netherlands, and suppliers are making it seem as though it is safe to take. Pills are often produced in little pink, green, yellow, orange, and baby blue colors embossed with crowns, Buddha’s, alligators, Pac-man logos, and other popular images. The spokesperson of the DEA, Rusty Payne, has said, “Suppliers are making it look like something that is safe and easy to take, but in many cases, you’re playing Russian roulette. You have no idea the lab environment these chemicals or substances were produced in. If users knew where things were produced, they might think twice.”
If you are struggling with designer drug abuse, or know someone who is, there is hope for help. Treatment Now is available to answer any questions regarding designer drug use and abuse, as well as assist in the admission process for treatment options here at our facility.
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