As if just regular facts about drugs aren’t scary enough, right? Without delay, here’s a list of some particularly horrifying facts about drugs you may not know – and perhaps, don’t want to know.
1. Heroin was once legally touted as a cough suppressant for both adults AND children. In the late 1890’s, a soon-to-be aspirin manufacturing giant named Bayer started marketing heroin as a cough suppressant, sedative, and pain reliever. At the time, tuberculosis and pneumonia were two of the most common causes of death. But even still, it now it seems like a real stretch that this drug was indicated for children suffering from coughs and colds. It took a few years before the industry started realizing that people were becoming tolerant and addicted to the drug at a very high rate. It was made prescription-only in the U.S. in 1914 and banned completely 10 years later.
2. Nutmeg is a powerful hallucinogen. Yes – the aromatic spice that is a favorite around the holidays is actually an amphetamine with psychedelic properties. Scientists believe that the compound myristicin is at partially responsible, but in studies myristicin alone doesn’t seem to achieve the maximal effects. Instead, it appears that several compounds in nutmeg come together uniquely to make this spice into an unpleasant experience at high doses. Exactly how much will affect the nervous system and induce more undesired effects isn’t fully known, but rule of thumb is that consumption of a regular-sized 2 oz. bottle of nutmeg is probably a good start for an average-sized person. Fortunately, there is a reason why nutmeg is not illegal, used frequently, or talked about as a psychedelic drug – the effects are pretty nasty and there’s not to much gain from them in terms of pleasure. In addition to hallucinations and euphoria to you get a lot of nausea, vomiting, flushing, and tachycardia.
3. A deadly, ultra-potent opiate exists. Known as etorphine, it’s a semi-synthetic (contains natural derivatives as well as man-made compounds) opiate that can be up to 3,000 stronger than morphine. It can be derived from thebaine or the poppy straw. It is found in veterinary practice, used for sedation of very large animals such as elephants. Fortunately, Etorphine is very hard to allocate due to strict laws regarding who can have it and why. The truth is, mere skin contact with a human is enough to cause death by overdose, so if it were a widely-circulating drug, it probably wouldn’t be for long. How’s that for scary facts about drugs?
4. Bromo-dragonfly is a hallucinogen that can last for days. More potent than mescaline, but less potent than LSD, the drug is so-named due to the shape of it’s chemical makeup – a dragonfly. Like LSD, Bromo-dragonfly is typically consumed on blotters, causing occasional mistaken-identity scenarios in which the unhappy subject experienced effects for a period much longer than they anticipated. Toxicity for this drug is considered high, although only about 5 deaths have been reported worldwide.
More scary facts about drugs at a later date!
If you suspect you or someone you know is an addict, please seek help immediately.