Albion, MI (PRWEB) January 15, 2014
Narconon Freedom Center reports on the January 2014 new drug trends as part of their continuing drug education campaign to parents and the loved ones of those struggling with addiction. New drugs and drug use trends often burst on the scene rapidly and January 2014 is seeing drug abuse of “Krokodil”, “N-Bomb”, Cough Syrup containing codeine called “Syrup”, “Purple Drank”, “Sizzurp”, or “Lean” and “Molly”.
Factors that can spur new drug trends are supply, cost or a tolerance to the drug one is taking. Developing a tolerance for a drug means that the person no longer experiences the same pain relief or euphoric high with the original dosage so they try a higher dosage or a more potent drug. It is common for drug addicts to constantly try new drugs or new drug administration methods searching for ways to boost themselves to higher highs. Additionally, many drug addicts are trying to figure out how to get more drugs for less money.
As dangerous as abusing prescription drugs are, the mimicked drugs and knock-offs are usually far more life-threatening as there is no regulation in their manufacture.
“We encourage parents and loved ones to listen carefully for the use of the street drug names listed below. Hearing these words used in conversations can be an alert that trouble is brewing and your help is needed,” said John Walser, Senior Intake Counselor, Narconon Freedom Center.
“Krokodil,” a toxic homemade opioid. Krokodil gets its name from the scaly, gray-green dead skin that forms at the site of an injection. The flesh destroyed by krokodil becomes gangrenous, and, in some cases, limb amputation has been necessary to save a user’s life.
“N-Bomb”, “Smiles”, “legal acid”, “251”, “25C” or “25B” refers to any of three closely related synthetic hallucinogens that are being sold as legal substitutes for LSD or mescaline. Extremely small amounts can cause seizures, heart attack or arrested breathing and death.
“Syrup”, “Purple Drank”, “Sizzurp”, “Lean”, or “Leaning on Syrup” consists of drinking prescription-strength cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine mixed with soda. Users may also flavor the mixture with the addition of hard candies.
Codeine and other opioids present a high risk of fatal overdose due to their effect of depressing the central nervous system, which can slow or stop the heart and lungs. The Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG) (drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/emerging-trends) report that mixing the cough syrup with alcohol greatly increases the risk. Deaths from prescription opioid medications now outnumber overdose deaths from all other drugs (including cocaine and heroin), and codeine-promethazine cough syrup has been linked to the overdose deaths of some prominent rap musicians.
“Molly” slang for “molecular”refers to the pure crystalline powder form of the club drug MDMA, which in pill form is known as ecstasy. Molly, usually purchased in capsules, has seen a surge in interest in the past few years, being celebrated frequently by popular music artists. MDMA in any form produces energy and euphoria in users but also may dangerously affect body temperature and cause confusion, depression and sleep problems.
For more information about new drug trends or to enroll a loved one in drug rehab, call an Intake Counselor today toll-free at 877-362-9682. All calls are no charge and confidential.
About Narconon Freedom Center
Narconon Freedom Center, Albion, Michigan, is a non-profit alcohol and drug rehabilitation facility licensed through the state. The program has been helping those struggling with substance abuse and alcoholism for over 47 years. William Benitez founded the Narconon program in 1966 with the drug-free rehabilitation education researched and developed by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. The Narconon program is a holistic drug-free rehab program. The drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility also provides drug prevention education to schools and community outreach programs. For drug education in your school or community, contact the center at 517-629-8661.