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Asian Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2017, Volume : 7, Issue : 3
First page : ( 175) Last page : ( 178)
Print ISSN : 2231-5705. Online ISSN : 2231-5713.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2231-5713.2017.00028.9

Designer Drugs: Effects and Management; A Critical Review

Mr. Kudari Ananda*

Associate Professor, Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, SDM Institute of Nursing Sciences, Sattur, Dharwad, 580009, Karnataka, India

*Corresponding Author E-mail: anandakudari@yahoo.co.in

Online published on 17 October, 2017.

Abstract

When you hear the word “drugs”, a variety of thoughts may come to mind. You may think of strung-out addicts wasting their lives away. You might conjure up images of shady characters handing over substances in dark alleys. On the other hand, you might think of prescription drugs monitored by physicians and handed out carefully. The term used for those illegal drugs that are created synthetically in a lab called as designer drugs. They are made to mimic the effects of existing drugs. Since many are essentially homemade substances, they often contain common household ingredients, including harsh cleaning chemicals and sometimes poisons. Designer drugs have provided many users with a way to circumvent the law since people can simply use their own devices and ingredients to create substances similar to illegal drugs. These drugs are having bad effects on body which includes unexplained weight loss or gain, changes in hygiene or personal appearance, confused or disoriented behavior, paranoia, problems with sleeping: insomnia, restlessness, nightmares, stealing money from family members, and decline in performance at school or work, trouble maintaining relationships and many more. An antidote is not available for designer drug addiction. Assessment and management is necessary to combat with designer drugs.

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Keywords

Drugs, analogue, bath salt, marijuana, Paranoia, cathinone.

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