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Street Drugs Making Headlines

There is a new batch of despicable street drugs sweeping the nation. They are virulently potent and dangerous drugs. Teens and party goers are turning to these substances for a “good time,” however, the results are caustic and sometimes lethal. The most concerning new street drugs include the following:

Krokodil

Krokodil was first seen in Russia and the former Soviet bloc nations but has recently started to migrate into the U.S. Also called desomorphine, Krokodil is a cheap version of codeine that has been mixed with gasoline, oil, alcohol or paint thinner. The toxic mixture is injected into a vein via a hypodermic needle. Krokodil earned its name because it causes dark, scaly patches of decaying skin that resemble crocodile shin. Users often suffer disfigurement for life, including scarring, amputation, speech changes and brain damage.

2C-P

This synthetic hallucinogen is a very potent and long lasting drug. The effects of 2C-P do not start until several hours after it is taken. Then, they last for 10 to 20 hours. 2C-P often has a deadly effect on the user.

Butane Hash Oil

Butane hash oil (BHO) contains a very concentrated form of the active ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). On the street, BHO is also called amber, honey or earwax. The drug is ingested by an inhalation process called dabbing. Dabbing is done when a user places a small dab of BHO on a hot metal surface and then inhales the puff of smoke that is created. Users commonly lose consciousness after inhaling BHO.

Molly

Molly is a very potent hallucinogen. It is a refined form of MDMA or 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine, which is the active ingredient in the club drug ecstasy.

The purity of this synthetic drug is questionable at best. This leaves users unsure of exactly what they are buying and using. Several deaths have recently been attributed to the use of Molly.

Suboxone

Buprenorphine, or suboxone is an opiate analgesic or painkiller. Suboxone is usually given as a treatment to wean addicts off of more potent drugs like heroin and hydrocodone. This is done in a controlled program with the professional guidance of an addiction specialist. About 3 million addicts in the U.S. have used the suboxone for drug withdrawal.

The number of recreational users of suboxone is on the increase over recent years. suboxone has been greatly abused resulting in dramatic psychoactive effects and an increased number of emergency room visits.

Why Are They So Bad?

While some people view street drugs as casual and recreational,  something to partake in at a party, these substances can be quite dangerous. Every batch is different and therefore the effects are uncertain and unpredictable.

Emergency room visits have increased because of the dramatic side effects and alarming health risks that develop from using these these illegal and unregulated drugs. Adverse reactions and even death resulting in drugs are on the rise in the U.S.


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