Blog6 - The most commonly used drugs, how to identify them and their effects!

The most commonly used drugs, how to identify them and their effects!

The use of recreational drugs

It is not uncommon to find recreational drugs being used at clubs, parties, bars and even company restrooms these days.  One must be careful as it not uncommon for people to spike a person drink when they are no looking.  There have even been incidents where someone has been stuck with a needle loaded with a drug on a crowded dance floor.

The most commonly used party drugs and their effects

Learning how to identify drugs can be useful for both you and being able to get help for someone you care about should you notice excessive use of them.  Most of the party drugs are listed controlled substances that have control schedules which are enforced by the DEA.

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These drugs are:

  • Amyl nitrates
    These are butyl nitrate, aroma of man, poppers, hardware, locker room and rush
  • Methamphetamine
    These are Speed, crank, ice, crystal meth and bennies
  • Ketamine Hydrochloride
    These are Ketalar, special K, vitamin K and cat Valium
  • MDMA
    Ecstasy, clarity, XTC, methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, X and STP
  • Cocaine

The powder form is known as snow, coke, coca, coco, powder or dust.
It is also known in rock form as Freebase, Rocks or crack cocaine.

The effects of using these drugs can include:

  • General feelings of pleasure
  • Empathy
  • Great emotional awareness
  • An increase in energy
  • Environment disassociation which enables one to dance away the night without stop

The drugs can have the following Psychological effect on the user:

  • Impairment of judgement
  • A loss of inhibitions
  • Lose track of time
  • Become careless and reckless

The drugs can have severe effects on a person’s physical being:

Ketamine was developed for and is still used to sedate animals for them to undergo minor treatments or surgeries.  Under a controlled environment, the drug has been known to increase the heart rate of the patient and causes a separation of sensation and perception much like the effects of laughing gas has on a person.

MDMA affects that of a person’s mood as it stimulates the neurotransmitter serotonin and is why it is basically called the “hug drug”.  Known as ecstasy as it gives the person a feeling of peaceful acceptance, tolerance and a desire to express love.  It is also taken before sex for great arousal and orgasms.

Most of the list of drugs were produced for some form of a medical condition but when taken as a stimulant, although they can have a euphoric effect the can also have dire ones such as:

  • Severely affect their nervous system
  • Cause respiratory distress
  • Can cause cardiovascular complications

Conclusion

Never leave your drinks unattended when out at a club or bar, if you have left a drink on the counter rather get a new one and do not take the chance especially if you are on your own.  Be vigilant and if you feel strange at any point to seek help immediately it is always a good idea to have a location app or various help, support and emergency numbers on your phone.  Always ensure your GPS is on when going out on the town!

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What is huffing and what are the signs and symptoms of it?

Inhalant Abuse has been sweeping the country at an alarming rate

Huffing is the slang term for inhalant abuse which is common amongst the younger generation especially teens under the age of eighteen.  It is the deliberate inhaling of common household products to achieve some sort of euphoric high from the vapors.

Some of the common product ingredients used by inhalant abusers are:

  • Aerosol sprays such as deodorants, hair-sprays and spray paints
  • Gas such as nitrous oxide commonly known as laughing gas
  • Volatile solvents such as nail polish remover, glue, petrol, Marker pens with felt-tips and paint thinners.
  • Nitrites which are used in room deodorizes, although these are usually used to sexually arouse rather than euphoric arousal and found in the older generation.

Signs of Inhalant abuse

As the products being used are those that you commonly keep in your household cleaner cupboard there are no real great tells.  But here are a few things a parent can keep an eye out for:

  • Co-ordination problems
  • Nausea
  • Child seems drunk
  • Disorientated
  • No appetite
  • They have slurred speech
  • Unexplained pain
  • Chemical smells on their clothing and or breath
  • You may find excessive empty spray paint cans
  • Clothes that are soaked in various solvents

As most household products are easily bought and not too expensive like the harder drugs it makes them a lot more obtainable to teens.

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The effects of inhalants on a child

The effect produced by inhalants is almost the same as that of being intoxicated by alcohol.

Some teen described feeling drowsy, having a loss of inhibition and feeling like they were floating or lightheaded.

Prolonged use of the inhalants can cause:

  • Dizziness – which can lead to the teen passing out potentially putting them in harm’s way
  • Having delusions which can result in a teen harming themselves as with the hallucinations it can cause
  • Impaired judgement as with alcohol even walking in this state not only endangers the child but also puts people around them at risk for instance if the child crosses the road without looking.
  • There is weight loss with the prolonged use of the substance
  • Violent mood swings and depression
  • Weakness
  • Death can result from the use of inhalants both for inexperienced first-timers and those using over a long period of time.
  • The use of inhalants usually leads to the use of other substance abuse such as drugs and alcohol.

Conclusion

If you suspect your teen of using inhalants it is best to seek help and guidance before things escalate.   Medicine.net has a section dedicated to helping teens and their family cope.

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5 signs of substance abuse

If you suspect something its best to follow up

The excessive use and abuse of alcohol and drugs is a very serious problem! If left untreated can quickly turn into a very bad state of drug depends or alcoholism.  Which not only destroys yours, families and loved ones lives as well but does result in death as a body can only take so much abuse.  The thing is no one can really say how much yours can take before it gives in!

5 signs of substance abuse:

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#1           Being secretive
The party using will hide the number of pills, alcohol or the substance being abused.  Those that inject themselves will wear long sleeves to cover the marks.

#2           A loss of control
Every time they use or drink they promise themselves they have a handle on things and this is the last time.  But each time the abuse gets a bit more excessive until they just cannot stop at all.

#3           Unnecessary risk taking
Some people who addicted to certain painkillers have been known to deliberately hurt themselves, sometimes very badly and take undue risks to do so, to get the drugs, they need.

#4           Neglecting themselves and various activities
They start to neglect themselves, their appearance and even their personal hygiene, as well as weight loss. Become disinterested in things they once loved.

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#5           Change in their mood, attitude towards things
They become moody, withdrawn, sullen or even abusive.

Conclusion

Sometimes we are as much in denial about a loved one’s addiction as they are.  Especially if it is that of a child, spouse or parent.  They too sometimes feel as if they have failed those around them, that you would not understand and or they tend to blame you or others for their addiction.  We are not all professionals or doctors and have not been trained to handle everything in life we tend to muck through it as it is thrown at us so the best thing to do if you find yourself in such a situation is to speak to someone who is apt at dealing with this, it is confidential, discreet and could save both yours and your loved one’s life!