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Designer drugs are drugs produced by underground "chemists." These drugs are not specifically targeted by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as controlled substances. Designer drugs are merely current drugs which have had their molecular structure changed to create a new drug. (

Current Designer Drugs:

Ecstasy (MDMA-methylenediozymethamphetamine)

  • AKA: Adam, x-TC, Clarity, Essence, Stacy, Lover's Speed, Eve
  • Ecstasy is a stimulant similar to speed, which has hallucinogenic properties.
  • It is one of the most commonly used designer drugs.
  • It is an illegal, Schedule 1 Controlled Substance.
  • It is commonly found in pill, capsule or powder form and is ingested orally
  • When formulated incorrectly, the result can be PMA (paramethanmphetamine), which has caused death
Potential Mental Effects:
  • A high can last from 6 to 24 hours (average is 3-4)
  • Taken in moderate doses, feelings of euphoria, well-being, mental and emotional clarity, anxiety or paranoia may result.
  • Higher doses may result in hallucinations, feelings of lightness or floating, depression, paranoia and violent, irrational behavior
Potential Physical Effects:
  • Decreased appetite
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Raised heart rate and blood pressure
  • Convulsions/loss of control of voluntary body movement
  • Reactions may last from 1 to 14 days

Herbal Ecstasy

  • AKA: Cloud 9, Herbal Bliss, Ritual Spirit, Herbal X, GWM, Rave Energy, Ultimate
    Xphoria and X
  • Not currently controlled or monitored by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration)
  • More than 800 reports made of reactions including: increased blood pressure, seizures, heart attacks, strokes and death

GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate)

  • AKA: Grievous Bodily Harm, Easy Lay, Gook, Gamma 10, Liquid X, Liquid E, Liquid G, Georgia
    Home Boy, Soap, Scoop, Salty Water, Somtomax, G-riffick, Cherry Meth, Fantasy, Organic Quaalude, Nature's Quaalude, Zonked.
  • Depressant resulting in feelings of sedation
  • Found in pill form or powder form which can be dissolved in liquids
Possible Mental Effects:
  • Feelings of sedation
  • Depression
  • Delusions
  • Vertigo
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Amnesia
  • Coma
  • Effects last 1-3 hours
Possible Physical Effects:
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Visual disturbances
  • Seizures
  • Respiratory distress

Ketamine (ketamine hydrochloride)

  • AKA: Special K, Vitamin K, New Ecstasy, Psychedelic Heroin, Ketalar, Ketaject, Super-K
    (Also known as CK when combined with cocaine)
  • Primary medical use is for veterinary medicine and is not intended for human use
Possible Mental Effects:
  • Hallucinations
  • Visual distortions
  • Loss of senses, time and identity (effects may last from 30 minutes to 2 hours)
  • Delirium
  • Amnesia
  • Depression
  • Repeated flashbacks
Possible Physical Effects:
  • Disturbed motor functioning
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Possibly fatal respiratory problems

"K-Land" can refer to hallucinations and visual distortions (like those from use of PCP)
"K-Hole" can refers to an "out of body or near death experience by ingesting a larger dose

LSD (lysergic acid diethylamid)

  • AKA: Microdot, White Lightning, Blue Heaven, Windowpane, Sugar Cubes (also referred to as acid or a hit)
  • LSD is classified at a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance and is illegal
  • Can be found in the following forms: pills, capsules, liquid, gelatin or on paper which is licked
Possible Mental Effects:
  • "Wildly" unpredictable with risk of a "bad trip"
  • Bad trips include: fear of insanity, frightening thoughts or feelings, fear of losing control, fear of death, and later flashbacks
Possible Physical Effects:
  • Dilated pupils
  • Raised body temperature
  • Raised heart rate and blood pressure
  • Reduced appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Tremors
  • Increased sweating
Potential Long Term Effects:
  • Possible psychological problems-schizophrenia and depression have been reported


  • AKA: Oxy, OC
  • Produces a heroin-like high
  • Can be ingested through chewing, snorting, or injection
    (Source: Drug-Free America)
Rohypnol (Roofies): see Dating Violence


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