These days, the authorities have more to worry about than the well-known illicit drugs and abused prescription medications. The fight against drugs is far from over, and yet the number of drugs of concern continue to increase. This is because there are always new drug threats that the authorities have to watch out for. The public can learn about emerging drugs by calling a substance abuse helpline.
Substance Abuse Helpline Information on Spice
One emerging drug is Spice, also known as K2. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) describes Spice as synthetic marijuana—an assortment of herbal mixtures which induces effects similar to those of pot. The drug resembles potpourri—it contains plant material that is laced with chemical compounds.
Just like marijuana, it is deemed safe and abused by young people. However, Spice can be very dangerous. Many people who have abused the drug required medical care because of vomiting, increased heart rate and hallucinations. According to a MSNBC report, the drug was also linked to several cases of kidney failure in Wyoming.
Substance Abuse Helpline Information on Bath Salts
One emerging drug which proves to be quite controversial at present is what is known as bath salts. This designer drug has made headlines when it was tied to a number of bizarre and violent crimes. In her Forbes article, Melanie Haiken states that the drug contains a number of chemicals such as MDPV (3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone) and mephedrone.
Getting high on bath salts come with dangerous effects. The people using the drug becomes a threat not only to others but also to themselves. Effects include increased body temperature, increased blood pressure, rapid heart rate and pulse, panic attacks, paranoia, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts. Individuals who know a loved one under the influence of bath salts should immediately call a substance abuse helpline and get professional advice.
Substance Abuse Helpline Information on Salvia
The authorities did not see salvia as much of a threat, that is until a clip of teen celebrity Miley Cyrus smoking the herb was made viral. According to Kathleen Doheny in her WebMD feature, salvia is an herb which belongs to the mint family. This drug works as a hallucinogen—those who use salvia become giddy, and experience disorientation and loss of physical coordination.
If you suspect that a family member or friend is using any of the aforementioned emerging drugs, do not hesitate to call our substance abuse helpline. You can know more about the drugs, find out more about warning signs and symptoms, and get help in finding treatment. By calling us, you get to speak with a licensed counselor who can provide you the information, resources and support you need.
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