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Designer Drug Nightmare for Drug Rehabs South Africa

The war on drugs has been going for as long as we can remember; from the trippy whippy LSD 60’s to Coke’d up 80’s then through to the dopey 90’s where Heroin usage spiked and Ecstasy and MDMA powered night clubbers.

Just like technology, drugs are constantly being tweaked and reinvented.

Every year at least 30 new “research chemicals” are introduced to the market, these drugs are then tested by the very willing rush junkies, psychedelic enthusiasts, drug dealers and geeks all hoping to find the next “Viagra” of recreational drugs.

In some cases these “research chemicals” or “designer drugs” are created as experiments to test their effects on the human mind and consciousness. Ironically these same human guinea pigs are horrified when drug companies test their formulations on animals.

But in many cases these drugs are created, NOT tested and are distributed freely because they have not yet been labelled illegal.

By changing the chemical composition of a drug ever so slightly a drug manufacturer is able to slip through legal loopholes and distribute without the fear of being caught.

This same situation persists with athletic performance enhancers and why ‘doping’ is much more prevalent than the public exposure of those who are actually caught would lead us to believe.

The loophole doesn’t last for very long though, most “research drugs” are picked up by law enforcement and are quickly made illegal, once the fatalities start mounting.

But then the process starts again.

The problem with this is that drug users or “drug addicts” feel the dirty end of the needle as they become the guinea pigs.

Synthetic Cannabinoids

  • Familiar names - Spice, K2, Mr Nice Guy, Smacked
  • Chemical compositions that are made to mimic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive part of cannabis.
  • Or plant material and matter that has been sprayed with mimicking THC chemicals.
  • The effects differ with people reporting immense dizziness, migraine like headaches and heat rashes.
  • Others have reported nausea, vomiting and irritable bowel side-effects.
  • On top of these possible negative effects, these cannabinoid analogs are entirely synthetic.
  • Meaning that these substances NO WAY resemble real cannabis.
  • Essentially there is no way to tell what’s in these herbal smoking mixtures and by using them you are exposing your mind, your lungs and the rest of your body to harmful chemical poisons.
  • And the effects on a user are in no way predictable.

Synthetic Stimulants

  • Some familiar names such Bath Salts, Mephedrone and Naphyrone.
  • These are just a few of the “legal highs” floating around.
  • Mephedrone, Methylone and Naphyrone have recently been made illegal.
  • Chemically, they are similar to amphetamines – Methamphetamine and MDMA – Ecstasy.
  • They are called “legal highs” because they have not yet been classified as illegal and can still be sold legally but just not for human consumption and are typically labelled “Not for human consumption”
  • Hence the name “bath salts” – a synthetic drug that is sold disguised as real bath salts.
  • Bath Salts have also been sold as plant food and hookah cleaner.
  • The effects varies - Blackouts, erratic violent outbursts and uncontrollable rage, cannibalistic behaviour, liver failure, kidney failure, heart failure.

Synthetic Hallucinogens

  • 2C-P, 2C-E, 2C-B, 2C-C, 2C-I
  • Ingesting synthetic hallucinogens can has a number of outcomes.
  • You may get a bad batch and harm your organs by exposing them to harsh chemicals.
  • You may experience severe agitation and delirium sometimes lasting for days at a time.
  • Seizures, strokes and severe body temperature increases.
  • A bad trip – hours of mind-altering, immensely magnified negative thoughts, emotions, and situations. (Cases of predisposed mental illness developing schizophrenia, psychotic episodes)
  • Taking synthetic drugs is risky because you actually never know what you’re getting and the effects on the user are therefore unpredictable.

So you think you know your drugs?

Experimenting with “experimental” drugs is dangerous - bottom line.

Sadly the drugs we have spoken about are just a few of the hundreds of unclassified research drugs / designer drugs out there.

And it’s important to understand that your favourite local drug dealers and manufacturers are not your friends, they don’t care about you or the consequences of you taking a bad drug.

Be informed about the choices you are making. A choice you make today can and will affect the life you live tomorrow.

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