Peer pressure is as much a part of growing up as raging hormones, crushes, and summer vacation.
From how to fix your hair to what clothing brand to wear and which latest gadget is the must have, pressure from your friends and classmates to be ‘like them’ abounds. Unfortunately, this pressure exists with drug abuse, too.
You can’t do just any drug and be considered one of the cool kids.
Club Drugs are becoming more readily available at an alarming rate. These so-called “designer drugs” are synthetically manufactured, making them dangerous because the compound base which provides the psychoactive effects addicts are after, are unpredictable. Though easily obtained, regulation is limited on the products which can be found in head shops, at gas stations, or even on the Internet. Here are some other drug trends amongst teens to be aware of:
Trending “Designer” Drugs on the Market:
- GHB (Liquid X, Easy Lay)
- Ketamine (Special K, Kit Kat)
- Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD, Elvis, boomers)
- Methamphetamine (Glass, Ice, Crystal)
- Rohypnol (Ruffie)
- Synthetic cannabinoids (K2, Spice)
- MDMA (Ecstasy, Molly)
“Molly” Gets Special Mention:
PURE form of methylenedioxymethamphetamine
Produced in either powdered form or multi-colored pills
Popular amongst the 16-24 year old crowd
Is a stimulant AND a psychedelic drug resulting in a euphoric high much like an adrenaline rush that lasts for several hours
You never know what outside compounds have been cut into the product so the side effects can kill you—literally