Although the U.S. is one of the most popular markets for illegal drugs, many other countries and regions have their own drug problems. During the last two decades a drug named yaba has become very popular in southeast Asia. Yaba is a methamphetamine and caffeine pill. Yaba means “crazy drug” in Thai and was previously used by truckers to stay awake during long drives. It is now illegal, although yaba is still being abused.
The University of Maryland’s Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) describes
many different characteristics of yaba. It is sold in pill form and it can also be crushed and snorted or smoked. The side effects of yaba include euphoria, insomnia, aggression, increased heart rate, blood pressure, respiration and damage to the small blood vessels in the brain. Long term effects of yaba abuse include tremors, hypertension, hallucinations, psychosis, and mental confusion.
As yaba’s popularity has increased, so has its potency, according to an article
from The Guardian. The pill has increased in potency from a concentration of 20% meth to about 90% for its crystalline form, called ‘ice’. Yaba abuse is becoming more widespread, despite its debilitating effects. Yaba is colored and flavored with chocolate and strawberry to mask its bitter taste, which makes it more appealing to children and young adults. The drug is even marketed to teenagers by drug dealers in India, Bangladesh and it’s even found in Isreal, according to a Huffington Post article by Amanda Scherker. However, police in Thailand have begun warning parents and educating people about the effects of this drug.
Every country has to find a way to combat drug manufacturers while also educating parents and their children about the dangers of drug use and abuse. Yaba is not as popular in Thailand as it was in years passed, however it is gaining popularity in other countries. Will it ever reach us in the USA? Only time will tell.
DMT is short for Dimethyltryptamine, a psychedelic compound from the tryptamine family. It is found naturally in the our brains and it’s believed to play a role in thought processing, dreaming, near death experiences, and out of body experiences like astro-projection.
DMT can be sniffed, smoked or even injected. The side effects of using DMT include intense visuals, altered concept of time, stomach discomfort, overwhelming fear, lung irritation, increased heart rate, increased body temperature, and possibly death. DMT is trending among teenagers. John Barclay interviewed people who just smoked DMT. Here is one story from the site:
“The visual side of things was like doing acid or mushrooms. I felt tingly and I had a body high or whatever. When I lied down and was listening to Iggy Pop, you were taking a picture of me and I still felt self-conscious. I don’t think I lost sight of myself enough to think that wasn’t absurd and funny. So then I sat back up again, and it got intense when I sat back up. It was a lot like the more intense moments of acid.
Almost the strangest part is how quickly you come down. With acid it lingers for a day sometimes—the whole next day you feel weird. With this you pretty much feel normal almost immediately afterwards. I still feel kind of strange because I remember the experience of doing the drug. And I’m probably gonna think about it a few times for the rest of the day. It’s like a way less time- and energy-intensive acid trip.”
The long term side effects of smoking DMT include respiratory issues and possibly even psychological issues. Not much is known about this drug as it relates to abuse and addiction.
A new hazardous drug called “wet” has been gaining popularity among teenagers and adults in their early twenties. Wet is an embalming fluid, sometimes a combination of PCP and marijuana, or both; the drug is ingested by smoking tobacco or marijuana that has been soaked in this fluid and then dried.
Wet is fairly cheap at about $20 a piece, according to ABC News’ Joann Loviglio. Wet also goes by the names fry, illy, amp and water.
of wet include visual and auditory hallucinations, euphoria, increased pain tolerance, anger, forgetfulness, and paranoia. Stronger symptoms include an overwhelming desire to disrobe and a strong distaste for meat.
Wet is known to be highly addictive and it can be deadly. The Daily Beast wrote about wet and its effects in this article. Writer Jeff Deeney interviewed Nelly, a former wet user. “[Nelly] first got into the drug while hustling crack almost 10 years ago when he was in his early twenties, and kept smoking until he was nearly 30. He says that for years prior to smoking his first dipper, he consumed a heavy daily diet of potent blunt-wrapped weed, the same stuff that most Philly dealers smoke from sundown to sunup while working the corner. Bored with his usual weed high, Nelly saw wet as a change of pace.”
Wet may seem like the new drug on the block, but it is just a re-branding of angel dust from the 1980s. Unfortunately, there are not many studies about the effects of wet, although most doctors say it is very similar to PCP. If you or someone you love is abusing wet or PCP, please do not hesitate to call us at Inspirations for Youth and Families at (888) 757-6237.
”The night started out great. My best friend Emily was in town and I knew about this amazing party and we both wanted to go. So we got ready at my apartment and then walked over to this party. The house was huge and there were tons of people there. Everyone was drinking and having a great time.
As soon as we walked in some cute guy handed Emily and me two cups of beer from the keg. He asked us if we wanted to play beer pong, so we started playing. I maybe had like one beer before I started feeling really nauseous and dizzy. I can usually drink a lot without feeling drunk, so this was really strange for me.
Emily noticed I wasn’t myself and she asked me if I was okay. At this point, I don’t really remember what happened. Emily said I started talking about really weird stuff and I was having hallucinations. Luckily for me, Emily realized something was wrong and she walked us home. Emily said I started vomiting and was in and out of consciousness. At that point, she decided to take me to the hospital.
I woke up the next morning and had no idea why I was in the hospital. Emily was there and she told me the entire story. The doctor thought maybe I had been drugged and sure enough, I had been. The doctor told me they found GHB in my system. I don’t know what happened for sure, but I think someone must have drugged me at the party. I was so glad Emily was there to take care of me. It scares me to think of what could have happened if I wasn’t with her.”
- Lauren’s Story
”Liquid G” is the street name for Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate(GHB), which is also known as one of the most commonly abused date rape drugs. GHB is considered a club drug and it is mostly used by teens and young adults at bars and nightclubs.
GHB is a central nervous system depressant that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002 for the use in the treatment of Narcolepsy. This drug has found its way into the streets today.
GHB is ingested orally, in a liquid or powder form. The side effects of GHB include sudden intense drowsiness, decreased body temperature, vomiting, slower respiration, silliness, incoherence, temporary amnesia, diarrhea, semi-consciousness, seizures, decreased heart rate, coma, sleep walking, and potentially death.
Unfortunately, GHB is easily dissolved in drinks, which is why it’s used as a date rape drug. The best way to avoid ingesting this drug accidentally is to never leave your drink unattended. Also, you should never accept drinks from strangers and you should always watch the bartender make your drink. If you notice one of your friends acting strangely, please do what Emily did and take him or her to the hospital right away.
Teenagers that have been smoking marijuana are now being introduced to marijuana mabs. Marijuana dabs (pictured below) contain butane hash oil, which is a highly potent form of marijuana. Dabs go by other names such as honey, oil, wax, or ear wax, due to its sticky amber appearance. Dabs have a higher THC concentration compared to the plant form of marijuana.
Donald Davies, former manager of a Sacramento marijuana dispensary said, “Dabs can be 70% THC compared to high end cannabis plants, which register between 15% and 25% [THC]”. How are dabs ingested? According to Dr. Jeffery Hergenrather “The user inhales a small amount of vaporized and/or burned cannabis concentrate that has been placed on a “nail” with a tiny spatula or needle. A single deep inhalation has a stronger and faster psychoactive effect than any other delivery method can provide”.
Major studies on marijuana dabs haven’t yet been conducted, but Dr. Itai Danovitch, president-elect of the California Society of Addiction Medicine says, “Evidence suggests the drug is addictive”.
Though dabs may seem like a more potent high, they are also more hazardous. Furthermore, butane contains a combination of hydrocarbons that include benzene, ethyl, mercaptan, heptane, and hexane. Long term effects may include heart problems and brain damage.
Those addicted to marijuana dabs must find a treatment center that is right for them. If you know your child is abusing this drug, don’t wait to get help! Call us today at Inspirations for Youth and Families at (888) 757-6237. Our trained counselors will be able to answer all of your questions for free. We are here to help you.