Back in the 1980s and 1990s, designer drugs rose in popularity in the nightclub scene and “rave culture” spreading across the United States. Simply put, the term “designer” referred to anything that was (for lack of a better word) “in” at the time. Everything from clothing to purses and from jewelry to pharmaceuticals had the label “designer” slapped on it as a guarantee of popularity. However, in the case of “designer drugs,” the term is a darker reference to the simple fact that these substances were “designed” to bypass drug laws and stay under the radar. Why is the this the case? Overall, these drugs were deemed to dangerous and life-threatening to be legal. Here is what you need to know about the wildly unpredictable and extremely toxic “designer drugs.”
Interpreting a Nasty Classic
Over the past 10 years, designer drugs have regained popularity in the nightclub and raves scenes once more. (Keep in mind that the term “club drug” may not directly refer to “designer drugs,” though.) Particularly popular drugs in this collection include but are not limited to:
- MDMA (ecstasy, Molly)
- Hallucinogens (LSD, ketamine, date rape drugs)
- Potent prescription medications (tranquilizers, Viagra)
Some people have even been reported to use cocaine or crystal meth in the nightclub scene.
Another infamous part of the clubbing scene is the term PnP, short form “party and play.” In short (and with as much decency as humanly possible), this term is used to describe a mixture between meth use (party) and erratic sexual behavior (play).
Toxic Love with Designer Drugs
What makes designer drugs especially dangers is their unpredictability. Users cannot determine how much of a substance (or what kinds of substances) they will be ingesting, which can result in deadly overdoses or (in the worst-case scenario) death. Likewise, physicians may have a hard time determining the level of a victim’s intoxication and may not be able to administer the correct dose of medication to counteract the effects.
Seeking Treatment for Drug Abuse or Addiction
Always remember that drugs do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.