It can feel like every time you turn around, there’s another drug emerging on the scene. With the rise in designer drugs, illegal street chemists are getting more daring with the combinations they put together. And it’s selling. Once a person is hooked on drugs, the addiction takes over and prevents them from thinking rationally. Once someone becomes an addict, unfortunately what they put into their body is controlled by the addiction. They aren’t thinking, “What’s in this drug? What if it hurts me?”
Drug Trends For The New Year
With a new year unfolding, it’s important to be aware of the latest drug trends. Here are a few we feel you should watch out for this year, especially if you have teenagers.
Flakka created a reputation for itself last year when it was linked to a handful of bizarre cases of behavior in south Florida. The designer drug, which can be smoked, snorted, injected or swallowed, is made from the chemical alpha-PVP, a stimulant that is similar to amphetamine. It’s the same ingredient contained in bath salts. The drug is sold in other parts of the country under the name “gravel”.
As if we didn’t have enough hurdles to get through with the legalization of marijuana in some states, we also have to battle synthetic versions of the drug. Synthetic marijuana, also known as Spice or K2, continues to baffle law enforcement. Since its chemical make-up keeps changing to elude bans, it’s hard to prosecute those who sell or use the drug. The hype surrounding synthetic marijuana unfortunately piques curiosity, too.
Molly continues to be a popular drug thanks to its euphoric and get-up-and-dance effects. Not to mention the sly marketing that has been put out there in favor of the drug. For instance, pictures of a missing girl name “Molly” have been featured on posters and t-shirts. Like other designer drugs, users don’t know if what they’re taking is pure MDMA. Experts are finding that many pills contain methylone, which is a deadly ingredient found in bath salts, too.
The NBOMe series of drugs refers to a group of psychedelic substituted phenethylamines. The drugs are commonly sold as an alternative to LSD since they produce similar effects. The first member of the series emerged on the scene in 2012, and since then, there have been a handful of others. The “acid” drugs are linked to violent behavior, psychosis and even death.
Compassionate Addiction Treatment Programs
You need to be vigilant when it comes to protecting yourself and your loved ones from drugs. If you are concerned that you or someone you love is addicted to drugs, call Maryland Recovery today. We offer partial hospitalization and outpatient treatment programs that are delivered by caring and compassionate staff.
Dr. Bhalavat is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, and provides inpatient evaluation and consultation services at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital, Maryland Recovery Partners, and Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Bhalavat’s background includes treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse and dementia.