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Five Most Dangerous Designer Drugs

Five Most Dangerous Designer Drugs

Designer drugs are synthetic drugs that are created to mimic the effects of other illegal drugs. What are the five most dangerous synthetic drugs to try?

Designer drugs, also known as synthetic drugs or club drugs, are a class of substances specially designed to mimic the effects of other illegal drugs. Unlike the drugs they are attempting to mimic, since they are synthetic, the chemical compounds are created in a lab rather than from any naturally derived sources. Not only are they created, but they are made in illegal and underground labs where nothing is regulated, making them that much more dangerous because it is unknown what has been added to them. 

Historical Background of Designer Drugs

Designer drugs first came under the radar in America back in 2008 when a huge shipment of spice, aka synthetic marijuana, was caught and seized on Ohio. Most of these designer drugs are made in foreign countries and then smuggled to America. 

Five Most Dangerous Designer Drugs

The Most Dangerous Designer Drugs Ever Created

What makes any designer drug dangerous is that most of the side effects are unknown because of the differences in chemical structure. They can have erratic negative effects on the person’s brain and body. Their strength and ingredients are not regulated, making the risk of an overdose that much more likely because they are unaware of how much they are taking. Below are the five most dangerous designer drugs, which include: 

  • Fentanyl – This drug is the highest-strength opioid that is available. While there is a version used in the medical field, the stuff you find on the streets mostly comes from underground labs. It is very often used and mixed with other street drugs like heroin because of its potency. It is somewhere between 80-100 times stronger than morphine, making it that much more dangerous for someone who doesn’t know it is mixed with their drugs. A very small amount is enough to kill you. 
  • Synthetic marijuana – This drug is also known as K2 or Spice. It consists of chemical compounds that are made to imitate the effects of marijuana. This drug is one of the most well-known countries because of its negative effects and media attention. They make it by spraying chemicals onto dried plant materials and are often marketed as incense or other household things. 
  • Synthetic stimulants – Also known as cathinones, include drugs like molly or bath salts. These drugs are made to copycat drugs like methamphetamines, MDMA, or the infamous bath salts. Synthetic stimulants that contain cathinones are much more lethal than naturally occurring substances because of their highly toxic side effects and heightened potency. Bath salts, in particular, are known to create violent behavior. 
  • Flakka – Similar to bath salts, it is a stimulant drug and also called alpha – PVP. It was created to mimic drugs like cocaine; however, the effects are much more dangerous. It is known to cause delirium, hallucinations, increased strength, and hyper-stimulation. It is dangerous because it is very known to cause violent behavior. It has also earned the nickname of “the zombie drug.” 
  • Synthetic LSD – Even though LSD itself is chemically created in a lab and creates mood-altering changes, there are still designer drugs meant to replicate its effects. Known as N-bomb or smiles in the street, it has had tons of negative effects because the person does not know they are taking the synthetic version. These drugs can cause anxiety, hallucinations, and even death. 

Start Rehab for Designer Drug Abuse and Addiction

If you or someone you love has a problem or addiction to designer drugs, we can point you in the right direction and help you get set up with a treatment plan that can help get your life back on track without drugs getting in the way. Detox is the first step in any road to recovery. This allows you to get stable and sober. Then the real treatment can begin with behavioral therapy and other treatment methods to get to the root of your addiction.