Designer Drugs Make Users Human Guinea Pigs
Designer drugs are synthetic chemicals that are created to be “legal” (at least temporarily) alternatives to popular drugs like cocaine or MDMA. The very questionable content of most of these “party” drugs is a growing danger. Due to the frequently changing chemical makeup and unknown substances used by dealers to increase available product and profit, the drugs sold often are not the drugs expected. There is no way of knowing what you’re getting when purchasing these drugs.
According to a recent report by CBS News, one of the newest street drugs, flakka, is causing people to exhibit strange, and in some cases deadly behavior. One professional reported to CBS:
“We’re starting to see a rash of cases of a syndrome referred to as excited delirium,” said Hall. “This is where the body goes into hyperthermia, generally a temperature of 105 degrees. The individual becomes psychotic, they often rip off their clothes and run out into the street violently and have an adrenaline-like strength and police are called and it takes four or five officers to restrain them. Then once they are restrained, if they don’t receive immediate medical attention they can die.”
Flakka is moving from Florida to other states. The tragedy with this drug is that users think they’re getting something that they know, and something relatively safe, which is not at all the case.
“The main issue is that the user just doesn’t know what they’re taking or the strength of what they’re taking, and literally they are the guinea pigs. We are referring to these as the guinea pig drugs. Often the dealer might not even know what they’re selling.”
Public education needs to focus on young people, especially those at risk for anxiety, depression and extreme stress, by providing them with tools to help them make good life choices. In addition, family therapy, yoga, and other evidence-based therapies can provide lifetime tools that support a healthy lifestyle.