When you’re using any kind of illegal drug, you are playing Russian roulette with your health. Although, ironically, it’s the misuse of LEGAL drugs that produces the biggest body count, illegal drugs can do some horrific things to your body.
6. Flakka / Bath Salts
Flakka and bath salts are both variants of the synthetic cathinone family, but there is so much overlap and mixture between what’s sold as each that it’s fair to lump them together. Flakka/bath salts are highly addictive stimulants that produce euphoria and if too much is taken, it can produce what has been described as an aggressive, excited delirium along with bizarre zombie-like movements, extreme paranoia, freakish hallucinations, and a seeming immunity to pain. The paranoia and a dramatically reduced attention span can continue on for months, even after the person gets off the very addictive drug.
In six months, Ashley lost 50 pounds, blew through $15,000 of a settlement and sold her house for $700.
She lost feeling in her fingertips. Her hands turned raw and scaly, almost black. She was convinced her old man talked to people through the vents, that strangers lurked outside and that she was once in a high-speed chase — sirens blaring — with the law.
She stayed awake for nine straight days, rarely ate and drank even less. A stench clung to her body. In the shower, she could feel something seep out of the pores in her face. She never could get clean enough.
After all that, still, she chased it.
“You can’t stop,” she said. “It’s like crack cocaine. But it’s better.” (Indy Star)
Although this opioid produces a strong sense of pleasure followed by a peaceful drowsiness for a few hours, it’s extremely addictive and people rapidly build up a tolerance to the drug. Those larger doses that are needed to produce a high eventually overwhelm the body and that’s why more than 10,000 Americans diedof heroin overdoses in 2014.
I just found love and peace. Heroin is a wonder drug. Heroin is better than everything else. Heroin makes me who I wish I was. Heroin makes life worth living. Heroin is better than everything else. Heroin builds up a tolerance fast. Heroin starts to cost more money. I need heroin to feel normal. I don’t love anymore. Now I’m sick. I can’t afford the heroin that I need. How did $10 used to get me high? Now I need $100. That guy that let me try a few lines the first time doesn’t actually deal. Oh I need to find a real dealer? This guy is a felon and carries a gun – he can sell me the drug that lets me find love in the world. No this isn’t working, I need to quit. ( Ste. Genevieve Health Department)
4. Crystal Meth
Meth looked so innocuous on Breaking Bad, but it’s one of the worst drugs you can take. It’s like other amphetamines and as such was used by fighter pilots and dieters in days gone by. But now it’s much more powerful – and cheaper. As little as $5 in the United States can get you high. In fact, meth causes the body to release approximately 12 times as much dopamine as eating or sex. This makes it one of the most addictive drugs you can take and as many as 93 percent of people in traditional treatment go back to meth. Couple that with the inability to feel pleasure and slow thinking that goes along with recovery, and getting off the drug can be a nightmare. Meth wears your body down, and among the more gruesome symptoms is something called “meth mouth” — severe tooth decay, tooth cracking, tooth loss, and generalized rampant destruction in the mouth. This goes along with the sores many meth addicts have on their faces and the exaggerated aging effect. This is not a drug for anyone who wants to be a pretty person.