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28. Designer Drugs

To circumvent legal restrictions, underground chemists modify the molecular structure of certain illegal drugs to produce analogs known as designer drugs.

These drugs can be several hundred times stronger than the drugs they are designed to imitate.These narcotic analogs can cause symptoms such as those seen in Parkinson's disease: uncontrollable tremors, drooliing, impaired speech, paralysis, and irreversible brain damage. Analogs of amphetamines and methamphetamines cause nausea, blurred vision,chills or sweating, and faintness.

Psychological effects include anxiety, depression, and paranoia. As little as one dose can cause brain damage. The analogs of phencyclidine cause illusions, hallucinations, and impaired perception. “Ecstasy” and Crystal Meth are pictured here:

What is it called?
What does it look like?
How is it used?
Analog of Fentanyl (Narcotic) Synthetic heroin, China white White powder Inhaled, injected
Analog of Meperidine MPTP (New heroin), MPPP, synthetic heroin White powder Inhaled, injected
Analog of Amphetamines or Methamphetamines (Hallucinogens) MDMA (Ecstasy, XTC, Adam, Essence), MDM, STP, PMA, 2, 5-DMA, TMA, DOM, DOB, EVE White powder, tablets, capsules Taken orally, injected or inhaled
Analog of Phencyclidine (PCP) PCPy, PCE White powder Taken orally, injected, or smoked


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