Designer Drug Overdose

Designer drugs are street drugs. They cannot be prescribed or purchased over the counter. They are drugs that have gotten into the hands of other users who have then altered the drug to provide different effects. The following three drugs are often used as the primary base for designer drug concoctions:

  • Amphetamine. Amphetamine is prescribed for the treatment of ADHD or extreme obesity. It is a psychostimulant used to help users focus and pay attention, and it can also help curb appetite.
  • Fentanyl: Fentanyl is most commonly used to alleviate severe pain such as the pain felt by cancer patients. It is an opiate based drug and is highly addictive.

Designer drugs are produced by taking these basic drugs and combining them with different mind-altering drugs. Commonly made and used designer drugs include the following:

  • Crystal meth: Crystal meth is the purest form of methamphetamine, and it gets its name from its appearance. It is normally smoked, snorted or injected by the user. Its side effects include depression, anxiety, insomnia, suicidal thoughts, blood pressure fluctuations and paranoia.
  • Ecstasy/MDMA: Ecstasy is a “club” drug that is highly addictive due to its ability to create pleasurable feelings. Ecstasy is highly risky often deadly, as users may believe they can simply keep partying without water, food or sleep. This can lead to dehydration and organ failure.

The Effects of Designer Drug Use

Designer drugs are dangerous and risky, as they can cause the following:

  • Respiratory issues
  • Elevated/low blood pressure
  • Dehydration
  • Heart failure
  • Seizures
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Stroke

No designer drug is chemically the same as another. The overdose potential while using designer drugs is very high, and the best way to avoid side effects and overdose is by getting help to end drug use.

End the Risks of Designer Drug Use

Designer drug overdose can lead to death. Stop putting your life at risk, and call our toll-free helpline. We are here to help you discuss your options for ending drug use, or we can simply listen to your concerns about yourself or a loved one. We are here 24 hours a day, so please call now.