These days it seems like a new designer drug hits the streets every week. Many people don’t know about designer drugs and the terrible effects they are having on our nation. A designer drug is a synthetic version of an illegal drug, that is designed to circumvent drug laws or avoid detection in standard drug tests. Designer drugs include psychoactive substances or even performance enhancing drugs like designer steroids.
Use of designer drugs can be even more dangerous than their illegal counterparts due to the untested chemicals they often consist of. Very few human or animal studies have been done on side effects, toxicology or pharmacology of designer drugs. For example two designer drugs bromo-dragonfly, and mephedrone may cause exaggerated vasoconstriction, which has led to many deaths.
What You Should Know:
- The term “designer drugs” now is often used to refer to “club drugs” such as LSD, GHB, PCP, and even rohypnol (date rape drugs).
- Designer drugs are very unpredictable- you never know what chemicals they are made of, and you never know what they’ll do to you.
- Many deaths, overdoses, and poisonings have occurred across the U.S. due to designer drugs.
- Some designer drugs are sold over the internet, but these can be just as dangerous as street drugs.
- Many designer drugs are addictive.
If you or someone you know is using designer drugs, call The Control Center now for immediate help.
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