Synthetic/Designer Drugs

Designer drugs are drugs that are created (or marketed, if they had already existed) to avoid the provisions of existing drug laws, usually by preparing analogs or derivatives of existing drugs by modifying their chemical structure to varying degrees, or less commonly by finding drugs with entirely different chemical structures that produce similar subjective effects to illegal recreational drugs; they are usually sold on the grey market because there are little to no regulations when it comes to these substances. They are often labeled as or referred to by various misleading terms such as “research chemicals”, “bath salts”, or “plant food”.

Designer drugs can  damage your health and can cause numerous unwanted effects. Many designer drugs  sold on the street contain harmful chemicals, but it is hard to known the  chemical composition of each drug. This means that the potency and contents of  designer drugs can vary widely, even if one drug appears to be the same as  another. Avoiding use of designer drugs will help you maintain your health,  well-being and stay safe.


  • Use, distribution, and manufacture of designer drugs, such as ecstasy, is  illegal in the United States. Being caught with designer drugs, or chemicals  used in their manufacture, can lead to prosecution, fines and a lengthy jail  sentence. The severity of the penalties levied is dependent on the quantity of  the designer drug confiscated by law enforcement at the time of  arrest.

Mental Issues

  • Designer drugs are known to cause changes to the brain and the way it  functions. Many designer drugs cause a distortion of reality called  hallucination. The user of a designer drug containing a hallucinogen may see and  hear things that are not real while under the influence of the drug. Users can  also experience delirium, development of psychosis and in some cases brain  damage from use of designer drugs.


  • Nausea is a common side effect of using designer drugs. Designer drugs often make a user feel sick after they take the drug, especially if it is taken with other drugs or alcohol. Because the content of a designer drug on the street varies, the length of time it takes the body to become tolerant of the drug also varies. Feelings of nausea will generally dissipate after the drug has been completely excreted from the body of the user.

Presence Of Stimulants

  • The majority of designer drugs contain stimulants, often in the form of  amphetamine or methamphetamine. The presence of either of these two stimulants  will cause the user of the drug to notice a substantial increase in heart rate.  An increase in blood pressure will also occur, due to the stress being placed on  the circulatory system by the stimulants. Continued use of any designer drug  containing a stimulant can cause damage to the heart and  arteries.


  • Use of designer drugs causes all organs of the body to expend more energy  than normal to function. Common physical signs of designer drug use are profuse  sweating and an above average increase in body temperature. This can cause the  user of the drug to become severely dehydrated. If enough fluids are not taken  in, the body can overheat and organs can shut down from the excessive  temperature  increase.