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Designer Drugs

weed 2.jpgWhat is a Designer Drug?

Designer drug is typically produced in underground laboratories by modifying the chemical structure of an existing drug to varying degrees. The new substance has the similar pharmacological effects as the original drug. Some examples are Ecstasy, Ketamine, Crystal Methamphetamine, LSD, Rohypnol, etc. Designer drugs can be injected, smoked, snorted, or ingested.

 

Risks
  • Death
  • Increased heart rate
  • Heart attack/stroke
  • Impaired thinking, memory,         and coordination
  • Depression
  • Criminal charges
  • Fine or incarceration
  • Blurred vision
  • Uncontrolled tremors
  • Drooling
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Impaired speech
  • Decreased ability to sense           danger or make decisions
  • Addiction
  • Chills and sweating
  • Dehydration and heat                   exhaustion
  • Respiratory depression
  • Seizures
  • Permanent brain damage
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Severe anxiety
  • Extreme emotional sensitivity
  • Irrational thinking
  • Amnesia
  • Violent behaviour
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations

Drug Specific Risks

Ecstasy

  • Sleeping disorder
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  • Paranoia
  • Raised pulse and blood pressure
  • Dry mouth and dehydration
Ketamine

  • Hallucination
  • Inability to see or hear temporarily
  • Feeling removed from the body
  • Decrease in ability to smell or taste
Crystal Methamphetamine

  • Sweating
  • Hyperactivity
  • Raised pulse and blood pressure
  • Violent or suicidal behaviour

 


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