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    Designer drugs refers to chemical variations of amphetamines. They also known as substituted amphetamines. These substances are stimulants. Some examples include: DOB, which is 4-bromo-2, 5-dimethoxyamphetamine, and MDA, which is 3, 4-methylenedioxyamphetamine, similar to MDMA or Ecstasy. MDA is sometimes sold as Ecstasy, and is nicknamed the “Love Drug.”

    These substituted amphetamines are most often found in either powder or pill form and can be taken orally or nasally. Because they are produced illegally in secret laboratories, they are rarely pure in synthesis. The dosage amount in a capsule or tablet and the quality of the substance is likely to vary considerably.

    Designer drugs may have mood-altering effects and may produce hallucinations.

    Understand the risks

    Large doses or long-term use of so-called “designer drugs” may result in a condition known as stimulant psychosis. Stimulant psychosis is a psychotic state which includes delusions and thought disorder.

    Identify & address use

    Signs of use can include heightened agitation, intensive sweating, high blood pressure and increased heart rate, and convulsions. If you’re concerned your child may be using MDA or other substances, the following can help you address the behavior more effectively.

    A few simple tips and guidelines can go a long way toward spotting issues with drug use earlier rather than later.
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