If you or a loved one is struggling with psychedelic drug addiction, there are many drug rehab centers available in Missouri. If one wishes to go out of state for treatment, there are many detox centers and outpatient or inpatient drug treatments available all across the United States.
Missouri is known for having one of the worst drug problems in the nation. In 2017, nearly 72% of the population received at least one opioid prescription. What’s sad, is this is a 10% decrease from 2006. The good news is, it’s getting better. The bad news is that opioids are only part of the problem.
Missouri is home to the Lake of the Ozarks, a massive tourist destination. With this tourism inevitably comes drugs, and the latest problem to hit Missouri is synthetic psychedelics. These are drugs that are designed to mimic other known drugs like LSD, an older psychedelic which produces hallucinations.
Psychedelics can be considered any drug which alters sensory perception can cause hallucinations. Synthetic simply means it’s made in a lab somewhere from purely chemical ingredients. It’s a new trend in the United States, and one that young people are particularly susceptible to. This is partly because these drugs often aren’t illegal and are marketed in a way that attracts young people, with flashy packaging, cute names, and animated imagery that seems harmless. They’re often labeled “not for human consumption” which allows drug peddlers to skirt the law on a technicality.
In 2009 there were 112 calls placed to the Poison Control Center regarding synthetic drugs, from 15 states. In 2010 that number rose to more than 3,200, from all 50 states. Then, in 2011 there were around 13,000 calls and 60 percent were from persons under the age of 25.
This illustrates the rise in popularity of a drug problem that is essentially flying under the radar. For people struggling with addiction to synthetics, death and permanent damage are very real risks. It can be treated. The first step is reaching out for help.