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What Are Designer Drugs?

What Are Designer Drugs?

Designer drugs are not new, they’ve been around since the 1980s. Drugs like methamphetamine and LSD were originally created as medications but now are being widely abused by people for their own use to get high, with addictive potential quite high. Side effects of these drugs are also dangerous. Learn more about designer drugs and how to help a loved one who may be struggling with addiction.

Synthetic Drugs

Synthetic marijuana, or Spice, is often found in stores labeled as ‘not for human consumption.’ this disclaimer is all that most legislation requires for legal sale. Meanwhile, employees in those shops will encourage people to buy it. It is hard to stay ahead of regulations for drugs like these because many who use them are not aware of the dangers and risks involved in use. They may sound safer than other drugs, but in fact, are not as safe as many think.

Dangers of Designer Drugs

The nature of clandestine labs means no person can be sure of what they are ingesting. Many people who smoke K2, a synthetic marijuana, winde up in emergency roms. K2 has caused people to fall into a catatonic state, fall down, bleed out from chemicals in the drug, and other serious problems. The intense sensations synthetic marijuana brings, added to the low cost, make it a drug that cannot be detected on a test. People become addicted and it is hard to quit, in spite of dangerous consequences.

Common Designer Drugs

Public awareness of designer drugs has skyrocketed. Drugs like methamphetamine, LSD, ecstasy, bath salts, K2, spice, and even fentanyl, have gained the spotlight in recent years. People still take great risk on these drugs as they try to chase a high that cannot be obtained. These drugs are found in clubs, raves, and house parties with their own subculture of people who use the drugs.

Seeking Help

There are many opportunities to encounter drugs on college campuses and out in the wider world. Parties are often where people bring drugs and use them the most.  It is easy enough to say they are dangerous and not to use them, but stopping takes help oftentimes when addiction and dependence takes over. If you want to turn your life around, and stop using addictive drugs, it may take treatment specialists in a detox and rehab facility to make this a reality. They will help you turn your life around and get the help you (or a loved one) needs to get on the pathway to recovery.

Recovery is not a panacea. It does not fix all your problems but it is the best place to start. Start by making the decision to enter detox and rehab. We will help you navigate it with our medical team of professionals here to assist you with the process. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401