We know more today about “designer drugs” than ever before. Thanks in part to the internet and a widespread pop culture founded on social interaction via media, anti-drug workers are able to keep up with the constantly evolving drug scene.
Substances like 2C-E, a new designer drug, may be relatively new on the scene and still somewhat unknown, but healthcare providers and drug treatment experts warn that this substance is no joke. Like many other synthetically engineered drugs, 2C-E is described at dangerous and unpredictable to its users.
What are Designer Drugs?
As described by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens, designer drugs are:
“…Drugs that are created in a laboratory (typically, an “underground,” or secret, illegal lab). A designer drug is created by changing the properties of a drug that comes from a plant—such as cocaine, morphine, or marijuana—using the tools of chemistry. The resulting “designer” drugs typically have a new, different effect on the brain or behavior.”
Just a few examples of designer drugs include:
Although all three of these drugs are also commonly referred to as “club drugs” because of their frequent use at parties, night clubs, etc., the popular combining of such substances with other drugs (such as allergy or asthma medicines) make them common designer drugs.
Simply put, designer drugs are substances chemically engineered, combined or mixed with other chemicals or drugs to produce a specific or intensified effect.
Such drug combinations are unpredictable in terms of their exact chemical composition and potency, making each use of them potentially life threatening.
Dangers of 2C-E for American Youth
Like all designer drugs, 2C-E is particularly hazardous for young users. The fact that this deadly substance can still be obtained on the internet in some places leads some users to believe that it’s safe.
2C-E produces the combined effects of both a stimulant and hallucinogen. Reports indicate that if the drug is taken orally, a delayed onset of drug effects may take place and, further, that the hallucinogenic effects may last for up to 8 hours.
Drugs which have a delayed reaction time tend to put users at higher risk of overdose. After taking a certain amount of a drug and not experiencing anything right away, a second and third dose is then consumed. This is the exact process that leads to harmful, even fatal, overdoses such as the mass 2C-E overdose in Minnesota reported in 2011.
Police say that a group of young adults were experimenting with the drug 2C-E at a party. 11 individuals were recorded as having overdosed, and 19-year-old Trevor Robinson lost his life after a violent and disturbing reaction to the drug.
The 2C-E was obtained over the internet.
“Because 2C-E can be obtained over the internet, it can be misleading to youth who don’t know any better. They are led to think that this drug is harmless,” says Derry Hallmark, Senior Director For Expansion at Narconon Arrowhead. “This drug is not harmless, and as a matter of fact, 2C-E is amongst a class of drugs called phenthylamines which cause intense hallucinations.”
“Drugs like 2C-E and LSD can cause severe mental problems,” explains Hallmark. “When using these drugs, reality can become distorted and an individual may not realize they even have a problem.”
For more information on 2C-E or substance abuse treatment, contact Narconon Arrowhead at 1-800-468-6933.