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Drug of Abuse Detection - Unusual Drugs of Abuse

Cocaine and heroin, cannabis, fentanyl and other morphine derivatives – dangerous as they may be, their effects are well known and their consumption and marketing are well restricted and regulated around the world. As many are unfortunately aware, addiction is a much deeper mental issue, leading people to go above and beyond in finding new ways to satisfy their need for drugs of abuse. While some of these drugs are more common and accessible, some others are seemingly out of nightmares, with unimaginable side effects and devastation in their wake.

Drug of Abuse Detection - What Are the Most Unusual Drugs?

Scopolamine is less of a drug of abusing oneself, and more of a drug of abusing others. A potent powder derived from the Borrachero tree, this drug is a common choice for date rapes and other crimes, as it leaves the victim with only faint recollections and devoid of all capacity of moving or reacting.

Benzo is a designer drug currently in the grey area of legal due to incorrect labeling. It provides hallucinogenic effects similar to MDMA, but it can and has led to hospitalization. It is illegal in some countries.

Krokodil is a common heroin substitute in the former Eastern Bloc states. It gets its name from  the skin around the injection site turning leathery and ripped after a while, resembling the skin of larger reptiles. This drug is also better known for its horror stories, causing bones to break, chunks of flesh to fall off, internal organ failure, and many other seriously undesirable side effects.

Khat is a less dangerous drug of abuse originating from the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. It is a stimulant that causes excitement, euphoria, and loss of appetite. It is illegal and a controlled substance in most of Europe, but legal and tolerated in the countries with a tradition in its use, including, Somalia, Yemen, Uganda, and Kenya. Its side effects vary from constipation to manic behaviors, susceptibility to ulcers, and diminished sex drive.

Although drug testing and drug screening usually do not include these drugs, drug analyzers can be customized, thus allowing a more flexible approach according to the needs of the law enforcement agency or the healthcare professionals.

Sources:

https://family-intervention.com/blog/17-unusual-drugs-people-use-to-get-high/

https://www.recoveryfirst.org/blog/13-strange-drugs-of-abuse/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4049139/

https://www.drugs.com/illicit/krokodil.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khat