They are appearing out there faster than we know. There are newer street drugs coming out all the time. Street drugs are easy to get, and can have some serious side effects. If you know what’s out there, you can help protect your friends and family. Here are some of the more common street drugs that are making an appearance in our community and in the news today.
Molly – Molly is a form of the drug Ecstasy but with a few alterations. It is a potent hallucinogen. Users report feeling stimulated, euphoria, an increase in sociability, insomnia, hallucinations and psychosis. Side effects of high fevers, low temperatures, anxiety attacks, fits of rage and manic depressive behavior can exist. However, you can never know how a drug will affect someone.
Bath Salts – Also known as Ivory Wave, Purple Wave, Fine China, White Girl and Bliss. Bath salts come as a white power or crystals and resemble bathing products like Epsom salts. However, the drug bath salts are synthetic stimulant like MDPV, methylone or mephedrone. They can be swallowed, snorted, smoked or injected. The effects of the drug are headache, heart palpitations, nausea, hallucinations, paranoia, panic attacks and violent behavior. The drug can cause heart attacks, kidney failure, liver failure, suicide, an increased tolerance for pain, dehydration, and breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue.
Krokodil – Krokodil is a desomorphine, a cheap derivative of codeine that’s mixed with gasoline, oil, alcohol or paint thinner. It is shot into the body with a hypodermic needle. The drug will cause dark, scaly patches of dead and decaying skin. Users become severly disfigured for life, suffering serious scarring, bone damage, amputated limbs, speech impediments, poor motor skills and varying degrees of brain damage.
2C-P – A little-known synthetic hallucinogen is a long-lasting drug with intense psychedelic effects that don’t begin until a few hours after the person takes it, but they can last for 10 to 20 hours.
Butane Hash Oil – Also known as Amber, Honey, Wax, Ear Wax and BHO. It is a highly concentrated form of the active ingredient in marijuana (tetrahydrocannabinol or TCH). Use of the drug is called dabbing. A small dab of the substance is placed on a hot, metal surface and then inhaling the puff of smoke. Effects of the drug are loss of consciousness.
It is important to get to know the many different names given to the common street drugs out there. Educating yourself on names of street drugs is the first step in protecting your kids. Listen to what your teenagers are talking about with their friends. If you notice any of these names pop up in conversation it could signal a good time to sit your kids down to discuss the harmful effects drugs have, not only on the body but on people’s lives as well.
Here are some other names for these common drugs:
Methamphetamine – Christmas tree, Cinnamon, Cristina, Lemon Drop
Heroin – balloon, Bart Simpson, Big Harry, bulldog, channel swimmer
Cocaine – Angie, Batman, Bernie, Blizzard, aspirin
This is just the tip of the iceberg. We have only barely skimmed the surface on the new list of street drugs and alternate names of drugs. Do your own research, become a little more familiar with names and effects. Maybe you can help someone you love that may have started experimenting. A great reference is your local police department. They’ll have a lot of information on the street drugs that are most common in your area.
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