The New Trends in Teenage Designer Drugs
Teenage substance use has its own trends in designer fashion, but not of the textile kind. This is not a trend teens or families want to experience. Unfortunately, synthetic “designer drugs” are hitting the teen scene at a dangerous and rapid pace. The drugs are more potent, powerful and addictive than ever. Learn more about club drugs on the scene and how to cope with trend.
Drugs on the market now produce longer ‘highs’ which can be dangerous. Psychoactive effects may result which may be easily obtained through compounds sold on the internet, at gas stations and other places with limited regulation. Club drugs presently on the scene include:
Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)
Synthetic cannabinoids (K2, Spice)
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classified the sale and possession of many synthetic cannabinoid ingredients as illegal, In spite of the illegal ruling, uses of varieties of synthetic marijuana continue to flood the market among high school seniors. Manufacturers continue to find ways of being one step ahead of law enforcement by changing chemical formulations to contain some legal ingredients to slip drugs under the radar.
Who (What) is Molly
Molly may be growing in popularity but the drug is not a new teen on the scene. It is a dangerous designer drug which acquired the nickname from the molecule. It is a pure form of MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) produced into multi-colored pills or in powdered form. The drug is popular among 16 to 24 year olds. Molly was also recently placed in the spotlight by pop-artists but has dangerous psychedelic effects, known for its euphoric high.
Going Up, Going Down
Miss Molly does not party lightly. The real danger in the cute pink, green, yellow, baby blue and orange pills embossed with Pac-man faces, crowns, skulls and other emblems disguise the fact nobody ever knows what other components have been mixed into this drug. Nobody ever fully knows the components mixed into Molly. The negative side effects can be short term but there are also long term consequences. The brain can experience many changes over time when drugs are used in excess over periods of time. Some of the negative side effects may include:
Molly originates in Asia, the Netherlands and Canada but what a person sees is not always what is purchased. Russian roulette is the name of the game when it is not known what substances exist in the drug. Long-term effects on the brains of teens are still being studied.
Designer drugs like Molly are becoming more commonplace with teens and young adults. If you believe your child or loved one is struggling with drug addiction, let us help you find resources to help.