Dimethyltryptamine (DMT): Personal and social consequences

Last modified: Sunday, 31. May 2009 - 1:46 pm

Threats to the safety of users and those with whom they come in contact are major problems associated with hallucinogen use. Any of the club drugs taken alone can impair motor skills; in combination they can produce deadly synergistic effects. The enduring effects of drugs such as LSD or MDMA (ecstasy) can pose special problems. For example, ingestion of a drug with the potential to cause visual and auditory distortion lasting 10-12 hours may mean that the user will drive home from a party while still under its influence.
The systemic violence connected to heroin and cocaine trafficking has not been found with hallucinogen trafficking. Despite law enforcement efforts to disrupt the production and distribution of hallucinogens, a small number of manufacturers and distributors primarily located in northern California have provided a relatively steady supply, distributed through local user networks, for more than 20 years. Although rising use may not pose severe threats to law enforcement, it does present problems for public health officials in terms of the health and safety of young users who are rediscovering this family of drugs.
Hallucinogens appear to be a popular drug among today’s young, more affluent users. Several sources have reported their popularity among nonminority high school and college users who often reside outside the inner cities. The drugs are relatively inexpensive, domestically produced, and part of a stable, noncompetitive distribution network.

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