- Wide variety of types and quality of marijuana, new designer marijuana, and wide variety of prices.
- Middle class teens are dealing to support their own use.
- Reduction in insecticides, but increase other adulterants.
- K2/SPICE has been showing up as alternatives to marijuana.
K-2 SPICE (also known as Black Magic, Blaze, Red Dawn, Gemini, Yucatan Fire)
- Sold commercially as an incense or potpourri, labeled "not for consumption" on 12/25/2010 it was banned in the U.S. for one year, while the FDA studies its safety.
- Contains either HU-210(tetrahydrocannabinols) or JWH-018 which is a synthetic chemical that is advertised that it mimics THC
- "Over dosages" recently reported include high heart & respiratory rates, vomiting, paranoia, hallucinations, and loss of consciousness
- Over dosages have resulted in brain injury symptoms, and residual neurological damage of the type often associated with inhalant abuse.
- Known as a "legal alternative" to marijuana.
- Its sale is now illegal in DE, and in a few other areas of the US.
- The high is variable dependent on plant quality, processing, and route of administration.
- Its an introspective high: which can range from insightful vigilance to active hallucinations.
- Hallucinogens are back from obscurity and many adolescents are using them as a first step into drug experimentation. Many young adults don't view them as dangerous.
- The three most currently popular and available are:
COCAINE and CRACK
- Demands strong in suburban areas and on High School and College Campuses.
- Cocaine/Crack abuse once shunned by young adults is now embraced.
- Cocaine is frequently added to marijuana to intensify the high and create cravings for Coke.
- Some of local Cocaine had been found to contain Levamisole a livestock de-worming agent believed to enhance cocaine's effects.
- Recent reports of methamphetamine being sold as Cocaine.
- Amphetamines and Methamphetamines.
- Adderall, Ritalin, Focalin, & Vyvanse.
- Eating disorders and ADHD medications.
- Many of these medications are viewed as simply performance enhancement tools by young adults.
- Now seeing the emergence of long term effects (neurotoxicity) of Adderall abuse.
BATH SALTS (MEPHEDRONE, MDVP, and METHYLONE)
- Sept 7, 2011 DEA invoked its emergency scheduling authority to control these 3 synthetic stimulants commonly called "bath salts".
- Purple Wave, Vanilla Sky, Bliss, Ivory Wave, Bolivian Bath.
- Agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, high blood pressure and pulse, suicidality.
- MDVP after effects frequently high degree of suicidal impulsiveness.
- Inhale, Inject, and mix into food and drinks.
- It causes cravings for many, addictive potential is currently unknown.
- Several acute overdoses have caused renal failure.
HEROIN & PRESCRIPTION NARCOTICS
- Prescription narcotics abuse is very common and accepted, patients make a distinction between "narcotics" and "pain pills".
- Heroin abuse is steadily rising, with purity levels at or above 90%. OxyCotin is seen as an alternative to Heroin.
- The most commonly abused prescription narcotics currently are Percocet, Vicodin, and Oxycodone.
- Drug screens often do not pick up the presence of synthetic narcotics (check with your lab).
- Narcotic addicts over present in the medical system and are usually seeking multiple prescriptions.
ANTI-ANXIETY AGENTS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND
- Ativan, Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin.
- Many young adults are using them to potentiate the effects of alcohol (1-6x's)
- Popular for stress management.
- Rebound anxiety escalates abuse.
- Used to combat depressive symptoms.
- Common in drug facilitated sexual assault.
- Frequently part of lethal alcohol overdose events.
NON-PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION ABUSE
- The abuse of OTC drugs is rapidly rising, states have required pharmacies to keep these items behind glass or counters and are required to ask for ID's.
- Coricidin HBP (triple C's).
- Robitussin (robo-tripping).
- Tylenol PM
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