The Internet has created an easy platform for designer drugs. Whether it’s the herbal preparation salvia, hallucinogenic bath salts or the new designer amphetamine Bromo-Dragonfly (also called B-Fly), parents and doctors have started to worry. What, exactly, are we dealing with?
Let’s take a look at designer amphetamines, from the old to the new.
In 2007, an 18-year-old woman in Denmark was found dead after ingestion of a hallucinogenic liquid later found to be Bromo-Dragonfly. This case led to B-fly being classified as an illegal drug in Denmark on December 5, 2007. Several reports of deaths and toxicities followed.
Bromo-dragonfly is explicitly illegal only in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
As a parent and a physician, I urge you to take a look at what kids are attracted to when it comes to these designer drugs. As they say, the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know.
Get on YouTube and look at the thousands of videos posted by teenagers about their high on salvia, Bromo-dragonfly, and bath salts – our new easily available designer drugs.
After being dumped by their friends in our emergency room, I have cared for many young people having terrible reactions to designer drugs. We know the story with heroin, meth, alcohol, PCP and cocaine. Now, it’s important to get to know these new drugs and, together, keep them out of our kids’ hands.