Find Out How Designer Drugs Are Manufactured
With the widespread use of the Internet in today’s world, designer drugs are easier than ever to obtain. This has garnered a lot of media attention. It can be quite easy to order designer drugs online, than it is to buy street drugs.
What are Designer Drugs?
A drug that is created in a lab and mimics popular drugs is a designer drug. Their chemical composition is usually different from illegal drugs like heroin and until 2012 many designer drugs could be sold legally in the United States for that reason. Designer drugs are constantly being invented, and it wasn’t until 2012 that President Obama signed a law that made all synthetic drugs illegal. The fact is that these synthetic drugs can be just as dangerous if not more dangerous than drugs like Cocaine, Heroin and Marijuana.
How are Designer Drugs Made?
A designer drug is created by changing the properties of a drug that comes from a plant—such as cocaine, morphine, or marijuana—using the tools of chemistry. The resulting “designer” drugs typically have a new, different effect on the brain or behavior. Designer drugs are not a new phenomenon and have been around since the prohibition. In the 60s and 70s the designer drugs mimicked LSD. In the 80s these drugs were based on existing prescription narcotics.
Since many designer drugs are created in illegal labs, their ingredients and potency vary a lot, making it nearly impossible to know what is actually in them or what their effects can be. For example, Ecstasy tablets are often contaminated with other things, like ephedrine (used to treat allergies and asthma), ketamine (an injected anesthetic given for minor surgeries), and methamphetamine (an illicit drug).
Examples of Designer Drugs
One of the best known designer drugs is Mephedrone. It is most commonly sold as bath salts, with a label that says it is not for consumption. However, this is only to avoid the current laws against the sale of illegal substances.
K2 is a synthetic version of marijuana but its effects are very different from that of real marijuana.
MDMA (Ecstasy), ketamine, GHB, Rohypnol, LSD (Acid), and methamphetamine are some other examples of designer drugs. These drugs may also be referred to as “club drugs” because of their use in nightclubs.
In 2004, the DEA conducted Operation Web Tryp, which was the largest raid on synthetic drugs. Among the 10 people who were arrested for selling designer drugs were some who ran companies which claimed to sell drugs for only research purposes. With the legislated enacted on 2012, the DEA has more tools to prosecute anyone who sells designer drugs.
Even though most designer drugs sold in stores were clearly marked that they were not meant for consumption, it was only to get around the existing laws. Because of this, designer drugs are still a problem, despite being clearly banned. Usually, the DEA does not become aware of a new designer drug until it has started to make people sick. Monitoring every new substance flooding into the market is difficult to do.
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