Drugs are a serious problem in the UK, but we are not just talking as much about the likes of cocaine and marijuana any longer. Talk is turning to a new category of drugs – legal highs. These are not illegal drugs,and that is the point of them. The ingredients are designed to mimic what is found in hard drugs. Moreover, one reason why the police cannot seize these is that they are sold legally as products such as bath salts.
Legal highs have led to almost 100 deaths thus far. The issue is that many of the legally sold substances that constitute legal highs are not fit for human consumption. In many ways, they are worse than their illegal counterparts are; hence, drug addiction to these substances is extremely dangerous.
However, the biggest problem is misinformation. The fact that you can walk into any major city and find shops selling legal highs in full public view shows most people have no clue how dangerous these can be. Let us take a closer look at them.
Okay, the manufacturers do say that most of their products have a mix of synthetic drugs that mimic the natural highs you find in substances such as marijuana. Clockwork Orange, which is one of the most prevalent legal highs, supposedly contains a category of synthetic cannabinoids.
Nevertheless, the reality is far from this. Most legal highs contain absolutely anything the manufacturers can lay their hands on. It is basically a game of Russian roulette.
Many of these legal highs cause seizures and can lead to the user to stop breathing. It has become a big problem at a number of music festivals around the UK, at which legal highs are hugely popular.
Rehab is another problem for those addicted to legal highs. The withdrawal symptoms and the way in which patients react to these drugs are extremely difficult to judge. In many cases, withdrawal symptoms are worse for legal highs. There is a reason why these ingredients were never incorporated into the hard drugs we all know about. They are downright dangerous, with producers just after the quick buck.
Let us zoom forward to when an individual leaves rehab after receiving treatment for legal highs. Now they have to contend with the mass marketing machine backing up legal highs. These drugs are brightly coloured and sold in packaging designed to encourage people to part with their cash.
It is far more difficult for rehab centres to contend with this. Whenever there is something shiny in front of a recovered addicts view, they may be tempted. Now you have another path to contend with on an already difficult journey.
Of course, this does not mean legal high addicts cannot recover. Legal highs are as beatable as any other addiction. As long as you are fully committed to recovery, there is no reason why you will not succeed. Make sure you start by taking the first step to a better tomorrow now!