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More Misused and Menacing Substances

This section of M-FILES is devoted to the multitude of mind-altering drugs and other substances out there that are hard to classify anywhere else. Some may even seem harmless or safe, especially when used for their recommended purpose. But when swallowed, snorted or used intravaneously they can be extremely dangerous, even deadly.
 
Until recently who would have known that there would be a crystallene product marketed as "bath salts" that's really a drug? Sold under a variety of names and in a variety of places, including smoke shops, head shops and online, the Washington Department of Health warns these
so-called bath salts, when ingested, may "cause increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, chest pains and other harmful effects. There have been reports of car crashes, self-mutilations, suicides and homicides linked to the use of these drugs".  Below is a video from U.S. Navy Medicine that highlights the dangers of using bath salts.

Bath Salts: It's not a fad...It's a NIGHTMARE.

 
Others in this category are known as "Club Drugs" because they turn up at all-night dance parties (a.k.a. "Raves"). These can especially dangerous when mixed with alcohol, as they frequently are at such events.
 
Rohyponols, known on the street as "Ruffies" often end up in the drinks of unsuspecting woman, which is why they are known as the "date rape" drug. Synthetic marijuana, sometimes called "K-2" or "Spice", is sold as herbal incense or plant food and was the subject of nearly 7,000 calls to poison control centers in 2011
 
Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that can be risky from the first time you use it. 
 
Heroin use is reported to becoming increasingly popular among teens and young adults due to its availability and price, according to this recent report.

Date Rape Drugs

Below is a list of a few more misused and menacing substances. More information can be found on the M-FILES resources page for this topic.