Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Kids, kids--don't take these horrible new drugs

Think you're cool now? Give it 10 yrs.
NYU researchers are tracking the use of so-called "novel psychoactive substances (NPS) in the US and worldwide.

These are such things are "Spice"--synthetic marijuana, and "bath salts" such as "Flakka." (Search above on this site.)

A new study in Drug and Alcohol Dependence found self-reported use of 57 different new drugs.

The new drugs were popular among males, whites, older individuals, and those of lower income--and those in cities.

About 1% reported use of the new drugs. Almost all of these also reported lifetime use of alcohol, marijuana, cigs, ecstasy, coke, and LSD.

The old standbys--LSD, cocaine, and ecstasy (Molly) are also commonly used.

Bottom line: The numbers were lower for the new drugs, but overall, a lot of people are taking a lot of stuff.

I am not a prude--I did some drugs back in the day. The key is you need to stop and get on with life. No do-overs.

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