The Dangers of Buying Drugs Off The Street
Engaging in substance abuse of any kind comes with an increased risk to your overall health and safety. From prescription drug abuse to illegal drug use, substance abuse impacts a person’s day to day life including your physical and mental health functioning.
When you buy illegal drugs including emerging street drugs, there are increased risk factors associated with the drug markets on the street. The drug supply being sold on the street drug markets are dangerous drugs as they are manufactured in drug labs and other settings that are not regulated by the federal government. This means that the drug supply being produced has varying levels of toxic chemicals and substances that are being mixed into the production of these illegal drugs which has contributed to the growing number of drug overdoses. The fentanyl epidemic has demonstrated the dangers of illegal drug abuse with the continuous growing number of Americans experiencing drug overdoses.
The risk of taking lethal doses of street drugs is high and these dangerous drugs have other risk factors associated with them including:
- Contracting blood borne diseases including HIV or HepC
- Breathing difficulties
- Drug induced psychosis
- Drug addiction
6 New Street Drugs of 2022
The drug enforcement administration has seen a growing number of new street drugs coming on to the illegal drug markets. These emerging street drugs create dangerous physical effects and in some cases are produced to be more powerful than fentanyl. In 2022, the following are emerging street drugs that are dangerous drugs to be aware of:
- Phenibut- This is a depressant drug that is often found in dietary supplements that are targeted to treat anxiety, sleep, and other physical or behavioral health concerns. Phenibut is legal to possess within the United States, however, it is unregulated and considered to be a controlled substance. Taking Phenibut is known to increase mental stimulation and relax the body similar to other central nervous system depressants such as benzodiazepines. The risks associated with Phenibut can range from drug addiction, unconsciousness, sedation, coma, difficulty breathing, and drug overdoses.
- Isotonitazene (ISO)- This emerging street drug is a powerful synthetic opioid that is 20 to 100 times more powerful than fentanyl. Isotonitazene comes in a powdered form. The drug enforcement administration has noticed an increase in the presence of isotonitazene within individuals toxicology reports for drug overdoses in some states including Florida, Illinois, and Wisconsin. This illicit drug will often be used in combination with other recreational drugs of either opioids or benzodiazepines.
- Xylazine- This illicit drug is a powerful, strong sedative that is approved for use for animals needing sedation but it is not approved for human use. The drug supply for xylazine is often produced and cut with other prescription opioids painkillers. When humans engage in xylazine use, it can create side effects of low blood pressure, respiratory depression, coma, and death. Individuals will often mix xylazine with heroin cocaine, methamphetamine, adn fentanyl.
- Flakka- This is a highly addictive stimulant drug containing toxic chemicals and additives including a synthetic cathinone. Flakka produces similar effects as bath salts including psychotic symptoms and effects. Flakka is a pinkish or pale crystal that can be snorted, vaporized, injected, or eaten.
- Fentanyl- This dangerous drug has been impacting the lives of drug abusers across the nation. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that has been taking the lives of thousands of Americans each year. Fentanyl originally was a prescriptions opioids used within the medical system until its addictive properties ended up in the illicit drug markets and drug supply, Due to drug supply being unregulated, the amount of fentanyl being added to other illicit drug supplies has increased the number of drug overdoses. Fentanyl can be sold in powdered forms which can also be added to other illegal drugs including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and even marijunana. Fentanyl has also been sold on the drug markets within counterfeit pills.
- Carfentanil is a strong, potent opioid that is known to be 100 times more powerful than fentanyl and 10,000 more times powerful than morphine. Similar to fentanyl, carfentanil is being regularly cut into other illicit drugs increasing the risk of drug overdoses and loss of life. Carfentanil can be found in a tablet, patch, spray, powder, or blotter paper,
Drug Rehab at Serenity Oaks
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