Legal high drugs threats: Drug addiction
The threat of addiction is not new to us because in many ways we find ourselves being addicted to several things. There are so many elements of addiction that we are associated with and we are not even sure if we are addicted to them. When the word addiction is mention we often think straight to hard drugs and other known social activities that are addictive in nature. This feeling is very much in order because those are also some elements we can be addicted to. Nonetheless, according to the experts at AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under the leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD. What many may not know is that we can be addicted even to some legal drugs which are not necessarily illegal. This is what we want to interrogate with the help of doctor Akoury. Known as a collection of drugs which are sold legally and which mimic the effects of illegal drugs such as cannabis, ecstasy, and cocaine. Some of these drugs may include herbal smoking mixtures, diet pills (ephedrine), herbal ecstasy and mephedrone. We can also include GHB, BZP (benzylpiperazine) poppers such as amyl nitrite and caffeine drinks/pills.
This is kinds of substances with the same effects as an illegal drug but can be bought legally, and openly. They are not regulated by the Misuse of Drugs Act although changes have been, or are being made to control these substances. Many of these drugs are naturally occurring substances but the most recent one -mephedrone, has been synthetically produced in laboratories.
Legal high drugs threats: Appearance and method of use
They take different looks in the market with some being are herbal solutions which can be mixed with tobacco and smoked normally while others like mephedrone come in as a white powder or in tablets or capsules forms. Poppers such as amyl nitrite or butyl nitrite are inhaled while others like ephedrine are found in over the counter medicines or pills used for weight control.
They can be taken be taken in several ways that are: orally, smoked, inhaled, added to drinks or injected through this last method of consumption is very rare.
Legal high drugs threats: The street names
Like any other drugs legal high drugs also have their street nouns. Many of these substances have ‘trade names’ that is to say their brand names for marketing purposes, for example, the herbal smoking mixture or solution is known as ‘Spice’. Other names may include:
- Meow (mephedrone)
- Herbal Viagra
- Eclipse (herbal ecstasy)
- Cloud 9 (herbal ecstasy/ephedrine)
- Liquid gold (poppers)
Finally, these drugs are often used by young people and particularly the youth, clubbers and festival goers. You realize that this describes teens who are still being cared for by their parents. Meaning that as parents and guardians, we have a bigger responsibility in laying good foundations to our children. And as professionals, we understand that some of these things are only easy on paper and not in practice. Even though that may be logical, it does not absolve us from taking responsibility. You can schedule an appointment with the experts at AWAREmed health center to help you understand more about legal high drugs threats in our societies today.