By: Astharte De Los Santos
In the last few years,“designer drugs” have been the main cause of drug addiction in the United States. Many young people falling victims to these “Synthetic drugs” that have been plaguing our neighborhoods. Just like the crack epidemic of the 80’s, there has been a rapid incline of designer drugs in the street since the turn of the 21st century. Although many young people have fallen victim to this drug, it does not discriminate. Anybody is vulnerable to becoming addicted.
The name say’s it all, “designer drugs” which is a combination of substances, created to mimic an original drug. Some of these substances have been tried and tested, often co-opted for illicit use. These very potent drugs have a dosage which is often overlooked or unknown to the dealers, making them even more dangerous.
Designer drugs are popular because since their makeup is a combination of substances to mimic a certain drug, they are often considered “grey market goods”. Which can be bought and sold easier than a particular drug that has been determined illegal. Synthetic drugs have reached massive popularity, especially amongst the youth and “party people”.That is the biggest danger of these designer drugs, that very little is known about their chemical makeup for each dose.
When people ingest these drugs, they don’t know what they’re putting in their bodies. Within the designer drug umbrella, we have the Synthetic drugs. These synthetic drugs are made in laboratories, they are not extracted from bacteria, plants or animals. They are synthesized to create a substance that is identical to natural compounds of other drugs.
1. Flakka aka Gravel
Flakka has made a name for itself all over the country. There have been instances where people record others who are on this extremely dangerous drug. During the high, a person on Flakka is often in a delirious state of mind, usually pacing and speaking unclearly. It is common for them to remove their clothing and act impulsively.
Flakka’s main component is the amphetamine-like stimulant called cathinone, which is extracted from the khat plant that grows in the Middle East and Somalia. Most of the natives chew on the plant in hopes of a euphoric buzz. I am sure the natives know how to handle this plant that they are familiar with and can probably achieve a buzz that does not make them lose control. When the cathinone are combined with unknown substances, it creates a cocktail for disaster. Like most Synthetic drugs.
What Are the Effects of Flakka on the Body and Brain?
Flakka is a Synthetic form of an amphetamine-like stimulant which causes the body temperature to rise. That is why most people on Flakka remove their clothing because they experience an unbearable heat while they are on it. Those who try Flakka act erratic and impulsive, sometimes exhibiting a rush of adrenaline, which in some cases must be restrained by multiple police officers.
The effects of Flakka are the following:
- Rise in body temperature
- Excited delirium
- Confused speech
2. Spice aka Synthetic Marijuana
Also known as: Spice aka K-2
Spice is made up of chemicals and substances that are unknown and dangerous just like designer drugs. The combination of these can be lethal. This might surprise the typical Spice user because they usually purchase the “herbal blend” at their local convenience store. There still isn’t a law that acknowledges all the youths that have found their end by experimenting with this drug.
The purchase and distribution of this product are still legal in most places around the U.S.
I feel there is no sense of urgency when it comes to stopping the sale of this product. All over the country, people are becoming addicted and having adverse reactions while on Spice but because Spice is sold everywhere, it is not thought to be as dangerous as it really is. That is why it’s very important to educate the youth on the effects drugs can really have. Making sure they grasp, the fact that most likely it will lead to addiction.
How Does Spice Affect Your Body?
Spice is an herbal blend that includes plant materials and spices which have been sprayed with chemicals that mimic THC, the main component in Marijuana. When you expose your mind and body to this drug, you are pretty much playing Russian Roulette with your life. Due to all the unknown chemicals that compose this drug, you become more vulnerable than if you would have taken some Marijuana. Spice usually causes unpredictable side effects that can affect the mental stability of the user. Most people who have tried Spice experience psychosis and anxiety even more, intense than a bad Marijuana high.
The effects of Spice are the following:
- fast heartbeat
- thoughts of suicide
3. MDMA aka Molly
Also known as: Molecular aka Molly
Another drug that has been taking over the party scene in the last few years has been molly. All over the country people are trying this new “party drug” with very serious consequences. It was mainly being used by white teens or young adults who party in raves and nightclubs but nowadays it seems to not have a face.
Some people want to go back to those “amazing” ecstasy days, so these illicit laboratories have come up with a drug that resembles molly, but more potent because it is MDMA in it’s purest form, making the effects of the drug stronger, especially in the party scene where alcohol is mostly always taken with molly. Molly is considered an MDMA, just like ecstasy
What is MDMA?
MDMA is a Synthetic psychoactive drug which was developed in Germany with the purpose to be used in synthesizing pharmaceuticals. It is an amphetamine-like stimulant and a hallucinogen. It was actually approved by the FDA to run a small clinical trial for its use in psychotherapy.
What are the Effects of Molly?
Since molly is a stimulant, it affects the central nervous system. It causes a euphoric high that makes you think you are on top of the world. That nothing can affect you. The worst part of molly is when you are coming off the high, it causes a severe low. Which in some cases, can be so drastic that causes molly users to lose perception of what is important to them and commit suicide. The molly effects are unpredictable, due to the unknown amount of the dosage.
The effects of molly are the following:
- high blood pressure
- rapid heart beat
- blood vessel constriction
- the body can’t regulate temperature
In extreme cases:
- panic attacks
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