Drug abuse and addiction are very serious problems that plague people from all over the country. It is so serious that the United States has put laws in place prohibiting the possession and use of street and designer drugs and substances. Drug addiction is a condition that does not discriminate and has affected millions of people through the years. Recent breakthroughs in science and healthcare have helped in the treatment of addiction and its symptoms, but the problem remains rampant and only a few individuals get the counseling and medical attention they need. Due to the strict laws against the more common narcotics like marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, many have turned to designer drugs in order to circumvent these laws.
Designer drugs are substances engineered to mimic the effects of street drugs. The stringent laws against drugs limit their supply and, therefore, have given chemists the opportunity to design their own version of different street drugs. Having different and varying base ingredients, these designer drugs prove difficult to regulate, even with all the laws currently in legislation. Designer drugs are also cheaper because they are easier to make and most of the required ingredients are easily accessible. Below are a few of the most common designer drugs currently available.
XTC or Ecstasy
XTC is a stimulant that produces a sense of euphoria and alters sensory perceptions, blurring the distinction between fantasy and reality. It is a very common party drug, and has become a staple in the club lifestyle in recent years. Complications of its use include light-headedness, blurred vision, nausea, hyperthermia, and increased heart rate and blood pressure.
Spice or K2
Spice or K2 is a designer drug that contains synthetic cannabinoids. It has been referred to as “synthetic marijuana” due to their similar chemical composition; however, spice has been proven to have its own set of unique, and harmful, effects. Usually sold in the form of herbal incense, it can cause severe vomiting, agitation, and even psychosis. Its effects on humans have not been studied completely, which poses greater risks for its users.
GHB (Gamma-Hydroxy Butyrate)
GHB is a depressant originally indicated for the treatment of narcolepsy. It directly affects the central nervous system and can cause severe complications such as dizziness, confusion, vomiting, seizures, and intense drowsiness. In severe cases, GHB may induce a coma, and most users have reported memory loss after taking the drug.