Research Drugs: Designed, Deceptive & Dangerous

Law enforcement agencies and drug addiction treatment specialists across the country are feeling a growing concern over so-called “research drugs.” Third-party — i.e. illegal, undisclosed, or otherwise unregulated — drug manufacturers have recently upped their efforts to create new designer drugs based on preexisting substances and pharmaceuticals. In order to lure more people into using their creations, they have ​

started toting them as research drugs, which can feel like it has some sort of beneficial undertone to it. But do not be deceived.

How Research Drugs are Created

Research drugs are substances that have been experimented on by chemists of varying professionalism in order to be slightly different than the original substance. Editing the chemical composition of a regulated drug by only an absolute minimum margin can create dramatically different side effects upon consumption. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that the vast majority of people tinkering with substances have no formal training, education, or equipment to do so safely. As such, the experimenter is often the first to try the end result and “research” it firsthand.

The haphazard way of editing substances is not accidental in the slightest. Drug “designers” knowingly alter preexisting substances just enough for the final product to be considered something altogether new. This allows them to duck under government regulations and potentially escape the worst penalties if arrested for illegal drug manufacturing.

The True Danger of Designer Drugs

Designer and research drugs are dangerous in all of their forms. In some ways, they are arguably more dangerous than known addictive substances, like cocaine and prescription opiates. This is due to the fact that no one ever really knows what a research drug will do when consumed. The total lack of regulation and general lack of any understanding of the chemical end result means each dosage made in a single batch could be different from the next.

Many illegal drug distributors know they cannot promise what a designer drug will do. To make marketing easier for themselves, they will claim a research drug is actually the original substance used to create it. This makes a massive hazard for people using a drug sold as one thing but actually containing other properties and chemicals altogether.

In recent years, the designer drug problem has spiked with the introduction of synthetic and imitation fentanyl in opioids. Fentanyl is ten times more potent than prescription painkillers — at its weakest. Users are rarely told there is fentanyl in designer drugs they pick up off the street. Taking only a few milligrams of the substance can trigger a fatal overdose.

Research Drug Addiction Treatment in Prescott, Arizona

At Decision Point Center, our drug abuse rehab specialists have been helping an increasing number of people addicted to research and designer drugs find their strength and sobriety again. We are proud to stand by each of our guests, who are always treated with respect and care. By utilizing residential treatment programs comprised of fully personalized therapies and detox treatments, we have been positively changing lives since 2004.

Get more information about our Prescott drug rehab center by calling (844) 292-5010 today.

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