According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older had used an illicit drug in the past month. With the rise of the opioid crisis over the last decade and on, this number has likely increased. Drug use is an incredibly risky act for several reasons, and mixing drugs can easily jeopardize your life. For those that don’t consider much more, drug use can seem as simple as buying, selling, and consuming. Despite the risk of violence, gangs, criminalization, broken families and more, there are many factors that most don’t take into consideration when dealing with drugs.
- How the drug was produced
- If the drug was mixed with other substances
- The environment the drug was made in
- How potent the drug is
- If the drug was laced with contaminants
The National Drug Intelligence Center has noted, for example, several chemicals that are used to create methamphetamine – chemicals such as pseudoephedrine, acetone, red phosphorous and lithium metal are extremely flammable and could be dangerous if it meets the skin.
The Foundation for a Drug Free World, a non-profit organization that provides factual information about drugs so that people can make informed decisions, has confirmed that drugs such as Ecstasy can contain “a wide mixture of substances – from LSD, cocaine, heroin, amphetamine and methamphetamine, to rat poison, caffeine, dog deworming substances, and more.” These are just a few examples, however, and the dangers don’t just stop with “illegal drugs” – so called “prescription drugs” that someone might buy off the street could be just as dangerous.
For example, The Guardian covered in 2016 that hundreds of thousands of counterfeit prescription pills were laced with a deadly synthetic opioid – fentanyl – which could be between 50 and 100 times more powerful than morphine. When people are creating these counterfeit drugs, they are pressed using pharmacy-grade machines to look like well-known painkillers. This trick has caused many to accidentally overdose, leading some to significant health problems and even death.
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