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Hallucinogenic Drugs

Hallucinogens often cause serious damage to the mental and physical health of the user.

What are hallucinogens? Hallucinogens are substances that alter brain functions to form a pathological mental state thereby creating a distortion of reality called an hallucination.

How does the body react to hallucinogenic drugs? Hallucinogenic drugs affect the way your mind delivers messages to the rest of the body, sometimes distorting the way you think, move, see, hear or act and react to situations. This means that you may see things that aren't there, hear voices and other noises that aren't there, or feel things crawling on your skin, in your mouth, or inside your body that aren't there.

Hallucinogenic drugs can make the user delusional, disoriented, confused, or paranoid, sometimes to the extent of being admitted to a hospital emergency room or locked in a mental institution for fear of hurting themselves or someone else.

How much of a dose of hallucinogenic drugs can a person take before they start hallucinating? There is not set amount because every individual is different in mental and physical capacity so everyone can react to the drugs in different ways. Sometimes just a very small amount can trigger reactions that are both dramatic and scary.

Are hallucinogenic drugs addictive? Yes! Once an individual begins taking hallucinogenic drugs on a regular basis, the body becomes tolerant of them so it takes more and more of the drug to get the same effects causing the user to require higher amounts. Not only are they addictive, they can cause severe, long term side effects.

If you stop taking hallucinogenic drugs, how long does it take for the mind and body to revert back to normal? It may take days, months, or years for the effects to totally wear off. The reality is that in some cases, the damage lasts for the rest of the users life.

Can Hallucinogenic drugs cause death. Yes! These drugs are a major cause of overdosing and death.

How can I tell if someone I know is taking hallucinogenic drugs? There are warning signs but sometimes they are hard to detect. Look for abnormal behaviors such as what appears to be anxious or nervous behavior, mood swings, paranoia, a distorted sense of sight, an excessive scratching or rubbing of the skin, dilated pupils or red discolored eyes, or hearing voices or sounds.

What are the names of some hallucinogens?

  • (1) Phencyclidine: Slang terms are PCP, Ozone, Wack, Boat, Angel Dust.
    (2) Psilocybin: Slang terms are Magic Mushrooms, Shrooms.
    (3) Lysergic Acid Diethylamide: Slang terms are LSD, Acid, Blotter.
    (4) Ecstasy: Slang terms are E, X, XTC.
    (5) Other Hallucinogens: Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamines, Inhalants.

What should I do if I have a friend or family member who is taking club drugs? If you know someone who is taking hallucinogenic or any other type of illegal drug, urge them to get help immediately or tell someone of authority who can intervene such as a parent, teacher counselor, or doctor.

Where can I get information about drug abuse and addiction? Visit these website's, www.freevibe.com or www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov to get information about drugs abuse and addiction. They offer a wide array of options about getting help. You can also get information by calling this toll free number, 800-729-6686 or linea gratis en espanol 877-767-8432.


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