What are the most commonly abused classes of prescription drugs?
• In just four years, Herion deaths in the US have increased by 248%
• Opioids, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, which are most often presecribed to treat pain.
• Central nervous system (CNS) depressants, such as Valium and Xanax, which are used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders.
• Stimulants, which are prescribed to treat certain sleep disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and include drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall.
What is Meth (Methamphetamine)?
Meth is a synthetic stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Common names includes: Ice, Speed, Crystal and crank. Composition: Pseudoephedrine, a decongestant, and a number of toxic ingredients like lye and drain cleaner. Meth comes in powders, crystals and pills and is snorted, smoked, injected or swallowed. Meth is extremely addictive. Meth causes significant brain damage. Meth users experience delusions and hallucinations, obsessive behavior, aggression, paranoia and anxiety/depression.
What is K2/Spice – Synthetic Marijuana?
Herbal Incense Products/Aromatic Potpourri. Names include K2, Spice, Sky. It comes in a dried, treated plant material – very similar to marijuana – except it is treated with chemicals. It is normally used by smoking – in a cigarette or pipe. There are various ingredients in K2/Spice and the applied amounts are inconsistent. Adverse side effects include: agitation, anxiety, nausea, racing heartbeat, tremors/seizures and hallucinations. K2/Spice Synthetic Marijuana is now classified as a Schedule I narcotic.
There is now a “quick test” and lab based testing to detect use of k2/Spice.
What is Bath Salts?
Mephedrone and MDPV are two key ingredients in bath salts. This synthetic drug is sold as bath salts and/or plant food. Other names include: Blue Silk, Cloud Nine, Ivory Wave, Ocean Snow and White Lighting. Bath Salts are frequently associated with other rave or club drugs and also referred to as legal cocaine/ecstasy. Bath Salts can be orally ingested, inhaled, injected and snorted. Adverse effects include: chest pains, increased blood pressure/heart rate. agitation, hallucinations, extreme paranoia and delusions. Bath salts are classified as a Schedule I narcotic. Lab based testing can be used to detect Bath Salt consumption.