Designer Drugs (Drugs: The Straight Facts)

Designer Drugs (Drugs: The Straight Facts)

M. Foster Olive

Language: English

Pages: 112

ISBN: 0791076385

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Learn about the dangers of synthetically created substances that mimic the effects of controlled hallucigens, stimulants, and depressants. Drugs are everywhere--on our streets, in our homes, and in our schools--but straight facts about drugs are not. Drugs: The Straight Facts fills this void with candid discussions that emphasize a historical and scientific approach to learning about drugs.

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paralleled or even surpassed those involving Rohypnol. The number of GHB-related sexual assaults may be vastly underestimated because GHB is metabolized rapidly by the body and is often not detectable in blood or urine when the victim reports the GHB assault to the police. In addition, the victim is often not even aware that the drug was ingested. GHB, GBL, and BD (GHB analogues) are used as date rape drugs for the following reasons: • They are colorless and odorless in liquid, and can

( ) 49 50 DESIGNER DRUGS Samantha Reid. 1984 –1999. “Samantha left for the movies on Jan. 16, 1999, with two of her girlfriends and two male friends from high school. GHB and/or GBL was slipped into her Mountain Dew soft drink that night. Samantha was taken to the hospital with no vital signs and died after 18 hours on life support. The boys from high school are now serving 5 1/2 to 15 years in prison for the manslaughter death of Samantha.”

months later, a Tijuana, Mexico, pharmacy operator was arrested by the DEA for illegally shipping Rohypnol pills from a Mexican pharmacy to nearby San Ysidro — a town minutes north of Tijuana in southern California. In 2001 – 2002, however, business began to pick up again, and during this time the DEA seized several overnight delivery packages originating from Colombia that contained up to 11,000 Rohypnol pills each. Rohypnol Both of these are false—Rohypnol pills are often crushed by dealers

methamphetamine, 18 Xanax (alprazolam), 11, 54, 61 Yaba methamphetamine, 23 Picture Credits page: 13: 14: 16: 17: 20: 21: 22: 27: 31: 33: 39: Lambda Science Artwork Lambda Science Artwork Lambda Science Artwork Lambda Science Artwork Courtesy of the Drug Enforcement Administration Courtesy of the Drug Enforcement Administration ©Noelle Nardone Office of Applied Studies, SAMHSA, Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2001 ©Noelle Nardone Courtesy of the Drug Enforcement Administration/ Design NN Courtesy

sold. Methamphetamine can also come in the form of colored pills or tablets (Figure 2.2), which many users consider safer than raw powder because they are less likely to be laced with contaminants. However, pill and tablet forms of methamphetamine often do contain impurities. These forms often produce less of a “rush” (the immediate pleasurable feeling produced by a drug) compared to when the drug is injected or smoked. This is because the pills must be absorbed through the gastrointestinal (GI)

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