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October Tips of the Month: Tips for Teens About Hallucinogens

Hallucinogenic drugs are substances that distort the perception of objective reality. The most well-known hallucinogens include phencyclidine, otherwise known as PCP, angel dust, or loveboat; lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly known as LSD or acid; mescaline and peyote; and psilocybin, or "magic" mushrooms.

Under the influence of hallucinogens, the senses of direction, distance, and time become disoriented. These drugs can produce unpredictable, erratic, and violent behavior in users that sometimes leads to serious injuries and death. Drownings, burns, fall, and automobile crashes have also been reported.

The effect of hallucinogens can last for 12 hours. Do you really want to lose control of your body and mind for that long? Everyone reacts differently to hallucinogens.  There's no way to predict if you can avoid a "bad trip." Using hallucinogens can effect learning and memory. People under the influence of hallucinogens frequently cause themselves physical harm or exhibit violent behavior toward others.

 

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