Designer Drugs

Know the facts and connect with support to help you address known or suspected substance use with your child.

These are chemical variations of amphetamines, also known as substituted amphetamines. These so-called “designer drugs” are stimulants. DOB is 4-bromo-2, 5-dimethoxyamphetamine. MDA is 3, 4-methylenedioxyamphetamine, similar to MDMA or Ecstasy. It is sometimes sold as Ecstasy, and is nicknamed the “Love Drug.”

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. The dosage amount in a capsule or tablet and the quality of the substance is likely to vary considerably.

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

Understand the risks

Large doses or long-term use may result in stimulant psychosis, a psychotic state which includes delusions and thought disorder. MDA can also have the following short-term effects: agitation, sweating, increased blood pressure and heart rate, convulsions and cardiac effects.

Identify & address use

Signs of use include agitation, sweating, increased blood pressure and 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.