Many health officials agree that there are a lot of drugs available that are extremely hazardous to the health of an individual. While we are familiar with most of the popular ones there are a bunch of new drugs available on the streets that are alarming health experts and law enforcement personnel. These drugs are usually synthetic in nature and are popular among party goers and drug addicts.
Krokadil is a drug that was first used in Russia in 2003 and has already made its way in the United States. It is made from a combination of codeine, lighter fluids, gasoline, paint thinner, alcohol, and other ingredients. The drug got its name due to the crocodile-look skin it gives users. It was designed to be a heroine substitute since smuggling the drug into Russia is difficult.
While it costs ten times less than heroine and provides more or less the same effect it comes at a price. This drug eats the person from the inside out rotting out the flesh and leaving the muscles and bone exposed. The common cause of death among users is loss of skin where a person can die due to infection and gangrene.
2C-P is a synthetic hallucinogen with a potent and long-lasting effect. Once a person takes the drug the effect usually occurs after 3 to 4 hours but lasts as long as 10 to 20 hours. The body usually can overheat from this drug.
In a concert last month at Middleburry, Connecticut four people were hospitalized simultaneously and were rushed to the hospital. Authorities suspect that they were on 2C-P. Officers on the scene had to use CPR and a defibrillator on one of the victims since he stopped breathing.
Butane hash oil
Butane hash oil (BHO) is known in the street by many names which include shatter, wax, ear wax, honey oil, amber or dabbing. It has been around for quite some time now but only recently began to grow in popularity. This drug is composed of highly concentrated form of the active ingredient in marijuana (tetrahydrocannabinol or THC). Since it is concentrated, it produces a much more potent effect than that of marijuana. People usually lose consciousness right after inhaling it.
This drug has become popular lately due to its reference in several popular songs. It is considered as a most-refined, crystalline form of MDMA. MDMA is the active ingredient in Ecstasy. This year alone 4 deaths have been linked to this potent hallucinogen.
Suboxone contains buprenorphine and naloxone and is an opiate painkiller used to wean addicts off heroin and hydrocodone. Studies however show that use of the drug has increased tenfold from 2005 to 2010. It appears that patients regularly visit hospitals to get the drug and more than half of the visits involved recreational use of the drug. A report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says that “The buprenorphine in these visits may have been misused or abused, either for psychoactive effects or in an attempt to self-treat for opioid dependence.”