Dr Alison Battersby discusses legal highs. Legal highs are becoming increasingly common however the impact that they can have on an individual is unknown. For some they can experience no problems but for others it can trigger psychosis. It is important to understand the impact of the drug you are using.
MDPV and MDPK may sound like a poor hand at Scrabble but they are actually a miniscule part of a burgeoning growth in legal highs. Last week a Guardian/Mixmag poll of over 15,000 people revealed that a fifth of young drug users took “mystery white powders”. The majority were working, had degrees and were unconcerned about their drug use. This area offers quite a challenge to the drug treatment community with new drugs appearing faster than our legislative processes can respond. Behind the scenes researchers are working at full pelt to determine what these drugs are before disseminating information to healthcare professionals.
Whilst the majority of people experience no problems with their “mystery drug use”, for a forgotten few the reality is very different. The use of legal highs can become an all-consuming passion, sometimes using a dozen or more in a complex daily ritual to manage your mood. Stopping seems an impossible task and seeking help a necessity. When you neglect or cannot manage other aspects of your life, then you have a problem.
A bit of Saturday night “mystery powder fun” for others with an underlying vulnerability can trigger an episode of drug induced psychosis and a very worrying time for family and friends.
The message that for the majority it’s not a problem is true but it neglects to mention the harsh reality for the unfortunate minority.
If you are interested in receiving objective feedback on your drug use the following website can help: http://drugsmeter.com/
Written by Dr Alison Battersby
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