MDMA, or “Molly,” and other designer drugs are derivatives of standard Schedule I drugs that are illegal to sell or manufacture in the United States. They are made from a primary component of a particular drug and then an additional chemical is added to alter the formula but produce a similar physical effect. These drugs are technically legal because drugs are identified by their basic compound and manufacturing formulas. However, this unregulated manufacturing process creates a significant hazard for the user and the potential for brain damage is higher than that from the use of natural substances.
1. Psychological Dependence
Psychological dependence occurs with practically every addiction. Designer drugs are no different, and indeed in some cases the perceived need is stronger. Often the psychological impact of the designer drug is more intense than the natural substance from which it is derived. Marijuana and cocaine are known to have varying degrees of potency; but the potency of designer drugs tends to be more consistent and is often more powerful-a perverse marketing ploy to build and maintain a steady customer base. Through their use of legal-but-lethal compounds, designer drug manufacturers also “design” their products to evade the law. However, you may still be charged with a DWI, because driving under the influence of anything that impairs your ability to drive safely is illegal.
2. Frontal Lobe Damage
All drugs have an impact on receptors in the brain which communicate through chemical transmission to the remainder of the body. All cognitive individual decisions are centered in the front portion of the brain, which is also the part of the brain impacted the most from extensive designer drug use. Cocaine and methamphetamine may also be characterized as designer drugs, and were forerunners to contemporary products on the streets. They also impact the same portion of the brain.
3. Electrolyte Suppression
The actual physiological impact of all drug addiction is electrolyte suppression. The process of returning to sober living amounts to brain-recognition of returning electrolyte levels. This is also a major component in the dehydration often suffered by individuals who used the particular drug for a prolonged period. The notion that using a designer drug one time can cause addiction is erroneous. It normally takes a significant amount of repeated use to develop a dependency; but the electrolyte suppression is really the primary symptom of addiction for most drugs, including designers.
4. Increased PH Levels
Many of these drugs contain acids which remain in the body for extended periods of time and do untold damage to the central nervous and circulatory systems. Individuals who have circulatory diseases are at a greater risk for overdose or heart attack. Maintaining acceptable PH levels is critical to good heart health, though this may be the most damaging physical result of designer drug use.
5. Dental Decay and Bone Damage
There is a well-known association between cocaine and methamphetamine, and dental decay. Extended use of designer drugs produces the same results-rotten teeth and gums. It make take years of continual use to manifest, but both dental decay and bone deformities and disorders eventually appear over time as bone density breaks down.
Of course, the cumulative effect of these drugs is the impact they have on a person’s ability to make reasonable decisions. Among the most egregious choices designer drug users make is the decision to drive under the influence of these chemicals. States have now empowered law enforcement officials to list designer drugs temporarily as the drug they mimic in order to circumvent the cat-and-mouse game that manufacturers use to avoid legal detection. These temporary listings do not always produce a conviction; but at the very least, a DWI charge will prove enforceable. Blood testing can still be implemented if the investigating officer detects impairment of any driver even when the driver passes a traditional sobriety check.