You may have heard the term ‘designer drugs’ but only a few people actually know its meaning. What are these designer drugs? Are these harmful?

To simplify, a designer drug is used to describe an existing drug with altered molecular structure. These designer drugs are created in order to evade pre-existing drug laws. Some people are searching for ways to create a completely new drug that contains a different chemical structure entirely. However, it has the same effects with the listed illegal drugs.

The term designer drug is used because there have been several changes made from the pre-existing chemical structures of illegal drugs, which means these have been transformed or fabricated. The designer drugs are sold in the black market by chemists who produced it ‘underground’. The most common users of designer drugs are people from late teenage years up to early thirties. Clubs, raves, and dance parties are the usual places where these are available.

Research, Independent Chemist, and General Public

The main purpose of some designer drugs is for research by the medical laboratories. The bad news is that these drugs were leaked outside and wicked chemists use this opportunity for their own gain. These chemists replicate the designer drugs, reproduce it, and sell it to drug addicts.

Almost every designer drug has side effects that are volatile and hazardous. Furthermore, these are exceptionally
strong and addicting. In some cases, a combination of designer drugs with other kinds of drugs or alcohol might result in extreme effects including death.

Types of Designer Drugs

Below is the list of some designer drugs available in the market but not all are listed. Currently, there are over 100 kinds of them and sadly, there is limited information regarding each of these. Nevertheless, these designer drugs have the same effects and also addicting.

Designer Opioids:

• a- methylfentanyl – this is popular with heroin users and also known as ‘China white’.
• 3- methylfentanyl – it became popular due to its relation to the Moscow theater hostage crisis, which was allegedly used by the Russian military as a chemical weapon. Plus, it is extremely potent.

Designer Hallucinogens:

• 2C-B – same with Ecstasy or MDMA
• 5-MeO-AMT – usually sold as LCD
• DPT – identical to DMT
• 2C-T-7 – it is known as the ‘Blue Mystic’ and commonly found in The Netherlands and Japan.

Designer Stimulants:

• Dimethocaine – contains 10% potency of the cocaine.
• MDPV – it is becoming increasingly popular with drug addicts and is known as ‘bath salts’.
• TFMPP – if you are searching for the legal alternative to Ecstasy, this is the one you can use.

Designer Sedatives:

• 1,4-butanediol – it is similar to GHB and known with names like ‘One Coma Four’ and ‘One Four Bee’. There are several deaths linked to this drug.

• Methylmethaqualone or MMQ – this drug was popular during the late nineties in Germany. It is said to be similar to Qualludes.

Designer Cannabinoids:

• CP 47,497 – it was established in the late 1980s by Pfizer. However, it only became popular in the last 3 to 5 years. This is found in ‘Spice’ as a main ingredient, a herbal incense similar to cannabis.

• JWH-018 – it works like cannabis but is reported to have alarming psychological effects.

• HU-210 – this is also found in ‘Spice’. There are reports stating that this is more potent than THC.

Designer Steroids:

• Desoxymethyltestosterone – commonly known as Madol or DMT (not related to dimethyltryptamine). This is a made illegal in the US back in 2010 because it is a type of anabolic steroid.

• Tetrahydrogestrinone – it is called as THG or ‘The Clear’. It became illegal in the US back in 2005 due to its potency. This also works as an anabolic steroid but you only need a few drops on your tongue and it will give you serious side effects.

Some Examples

The drugs listed are only a fraction of all types of designer drugs available. Note that these are not only dangerous and addicting but may also cause a withdrawal to drug addicts who quitted. Some of the symptoms of minor withdrawal are agitation, drowsiness, and irritability. Drug addicts who use designer drugs frequently suffer from an accidental overdose. Most of them suffer from the loss of consciousness, slow breathing, coma, and then death.

Continues use of designer drugs may lead to addiction, aggressive or suicidal behavior, breathing difficulties, blood vessel damage, criminal charges and imprisonment, change in blood pressure, permanent brain damage, and worst – death.