The dangers of “Smart” drugs

Smart Drugs - Ritalin

Smart Drugs - Ritalin

The dangers of “Smart” drugs

A good place to start when talking about the dangers of smart drugs is to explain what “smart” drugs are.

What are smart drugs?

Students are increasingly using brain power boosting drugs. These are drugs that are normally used for conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and ADHD but are being used by students to improve their academics and handle the workload of school. Smart drugs are also referred to as Nootropics. Nootropic is fragments of Greek words meaning “affecting the mind”. These drugs are memory enhancers, neuro-enhancers, cognitive enhancers and intelligence enhancers. The drugs can come in prescriptions or as supplements. Smart drugs are thought to work by altering the brain’s supply of neurochemicals by improving the brain’s oxygen supply or by stimulating nerve growth.

So what are the dangers of smart drugs?

Smart drugs are usually promoted as being totally harmless. To say smart drugs are harmless would be a total mistake. Taking smart drugs is definitely not the same thing as shooting heroin but smart drugs still have their dangers.

Here are some of the dangers of smart drugs:

  • Taking smart drugs over a long period of time can change your brain chemistry in multiple different ways.
  • Depending on what kind of smart drug you are taking depends on its dangers. This can make it hard for any person to determine whether or not they are going to be ok or what negative side effects they may experience.
  • There are many dangers of smart drugs and quite a few of them are fatally dangerous if not taken with the understanding of their effects.
  • Some smart drugs are physically addictive
  • Some smart drugs can cause high blood pressure, insomnia, lowered appetite, and anxiety. These smart drugs are usually stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall.

The dangers of smart drugs go beyond just physical problems too. Some of the dangers of smart drugs include things such as getting caught with pills that aren’t yours or morally a danger of smart drugs is the dependence on a pill to just fix every problem we have.

The biggest danger of smart drugs is that there is so little known about them right now and their adverse side effects of the long term damage they could or could not cause. This lack of knowing makes a lot of students think it is just okay to take smart drugs. This just isn’t so. Smart drugs are fairly new and all the dangers of them just aren’t clear yet. For instance, with some smart drugs the dangers of taking it may not show themselves for a couple years, there could be serious long term damage done to someone.

Anything that can alter the brains chemistry for long cannot be good especially for healthy young adults. Yet most students take smart drugs due to the pressure from school and feel it justified or even needed in order for them to function. Unfortunately it seems like the greatest danger of smart drugs is that they are creating a generation of super intelligent students that are lacking in the life skills department to manage their time and school work effectively without a pill or supplement.

Can you snort Percocet?

Can you snort Percocet?
Can you snort Percocet?

Can you snort Percocet?

Percocet is a narcotic pain medication. It is oxycodone (an opioid) and acetaminophen (Tylenol). Percocet comes in doses of 10/325 (10 mg of oxycodone and 325 mg of acetaminophen) or 5/325 (5mg of oxycodone and 325 mg of acetaminophen).Percocet is an oral medication. People want to know if you can snort Percocet when they are using it illicitly.

Different routes of administration (e.g. swallowing, snorting, injecting) result in different bioavailability for different drugs. Bioavailability of drugs refers to the amount of drug that actually reaches systemic circulation unchanged or in its active form. People who want to snort Percocet often do so in the hopes that the bioavailability (and thus the effect) of Percocet will be stronger.

In general, nasal insufflation (snorting) causes a faster onset then other routes of administration, and the bioavailability of drugs is usually (but not always) higher than oral administration. This bioavailability occurs due to the quick absorption of the drug into the bloodstream through the soft tissue in the sinus cavity. Nasal absorption of oxycodone is not great, so the bioavailability of oxycodone is actually higher if you swallow it than if you snort it. Oxycodone does, however, have a faster onset if you snort it.

However, Percocet is not pure oxycodone. It also contains acetaminophen. This causes a problem in two ways. When you snort Percocet, the acetaminophen often coats the inside of the nose, and it doesn’t allow the oxycodone to be absorbed through the nasal cavity. Remember, a pill of Percocet is mostly acetaminophen. The nose can only absorb so much powder. So you often lose the advantage of insufflation (in this case, a faster onset) if you snort Percocet.

The second problem when you snort Percocet is that acetaminophen can be very damaging to the nasal passages. It burns when you snort it and it is caustic to the delicate tissue that lines the nose. Not only does this cause pain, and over time it causes damage and erosion, it can also prevent the oxycodone from being absorbed through the nasal passages. Acetaminophen constricts blood vessels, so they are less absorptive.

If you do decide to snort Percocet, despite the fact that it is not the ideal drug for snorting, do not share snorting instruments. Sharing a tube or straw between two people can spread diseases like Hepatitis C.

Also note that when you snort Percocet, it is a form of abuse, and abuse can quickly lead to dependence and addiction with opioids like oxycodone. Opioids are a highly addictive class of drugs. Once your body becomes dependent, withdrawal can be excruciating.

If you snort or swallow Percocet (or take it in any other way) do not take it with alcohol or other CNS depressants. Opioids like Percocet cause depressed respiration, and when you take it with other depressants (Like benzos, alcohol, sedatives, or barbiturates), you potentiate this effect, and it can very easily lead to coma and possibly death. Overdose due to prescription drugs is very common, and opioids are almost always involved.

Can I shoot or snort Suboxone?

Can I shoot or snort Suboxone?

If you are wondering if you can shoot or snort suboxone you have to get back to basics. Basics like, what does suboxone consist of. You may not think this is important and just want the answer to your question; can I shoot or snort suboxone? The answer to the question is, you can but you might not want to and the basics of suboxone are why.

What is Suboxone and what is in it?

Suboxone is buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid medication that is similar to morphine and codeine although it is not as intense. As for naloxone, naloxone is an opioid blocker. Naloxone blocks the euphoric effects of morphine and codeine. Sounds contradictory right? Well, there is a reason there is naloxone in Suboxone along with buprenorphine.

The buprenorphine in Suboxone is used to help withdrawal symptoms of opiate withdrawal and the naloxone is to make sure you don’t take any other opiates or use Suboxone in the wrong way.

One of the other little secrets about the naloxone in Suboxone is that it also can send you into horrific and painful withdrawal if you try to take it the wrong way, meaning shoot or snort it, or take any other opiates with it. Suboxone taken while on other opiates can also cause severe withdrawal symptoms.

So can you shoot or snort Suboxone?

The answer is you are capable of doing that but because of naloxone in Suboxone you won’t get any type of high from shooting or snorting Suboxone. When Suboxone is shot up or crushed and snorted it activates the naloxone and then blocks the effects of the buprenorphine in it that you are trying to get high off of.  When you take Suboxone as directed, orally under the tongue you will be able to feel the effects of buprenorphine in it and the naloxone is not active. If you try to do anything else with Suboxone you will get absolutely no effects from it.

So if you choose to you can very well put Suboxone into a needle and shoot it up or crush it up and snort it but it is not recommended. Also if you are wondering if you can shoot or snort Suboxone and even after reading these decide that you still want to give it a “shot” pun intended, be careful. Shooting Suboxone is very dangerous for your veins not only that but it can cause severe withdrawal symptoms which is what you are trying to avoid right? It also will leave a very orangey tasting, smelling residue in your nose if you snort it and could also cause severe withdrawal symptoms.

Suboxone has one intended purpose and that’s to help with the withdrawal from other opiates. It is very ineffective for recreational use unless you intended to take it as it is recommended

What is the Thomas Recipe for Roxy Withdrawal?

Thomas Recipe for Withdrawal
Thomas Recipe for Withdrawal

**This is only for informational purposes and should not be done without consulting with your primary physician. We are not physicians nor do we endorse this recipe or any at home withdrawal program. Withdrawing from certain drugs can cause extreme pain, seizures and even death. Do not start any withdrawal program without consulting your doctor or professional medical help.**

The Thomas Recipe for Roxy withdrawal is basically a do-it-yourself guide to detoxing from roxies (and other opiates) from home. Opiates are a class of drug that includes street drugs like heroin, as well as prescription painkillers such as roxies (oxycodone), oxycontin, fentanyl, vicodin, and lortab. Opiates are a highly addictive class of drugs. These drugs mimic natural painkilling neurotransmitters in the brain, which is what creates the high from opiates. However, in response to long term use of opiates, the brain produces less of these substances, which causes detox from opiates to be very painful.

Roxy withdrawal can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms. Common Roxy withdrawal symptoms include extreme pain, tremors, muscle cramps, sweating, chills, rapid heartbeat, itching, restless leg syndrome, runny nose, sneezing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and weakness. Roxy withdrawal alone is not life-threatening, but it is extremely uncomfortable. Acute Roxy withdrawal can last ten to fourteen days (depending on level of use.) Post-acute Roxy withdrawal lasts an indefinite amount of time, usually proportional to how long you have been abusing roxies. However, post-acute Roxy withdrawal is much less severe and generally includes symptoms like insomnia, fatigue, and mild anxiety.

The Thomas Recipe for Roxy withdrawal is designed to relieve the acute symptoms of Roxy withdrawal. The Thomas recipe calls for use of the following drugs and supplements:

  1. Valium or any other type of benzodiazepine like Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax, etc…
  2.  Immodium. (OTC anti-diarrheal)
  3. L-Tyrosine.
  4. Mineral supplement that contains at least 100% RDA of Zinc, Phosphorus, Copper, Magnesium and Potassium. You may not find a supplement that contains all of these together. If not, then buy separately.
  5. Vitamin B6.
  6. Access to hot showers or baths.

Here is the complete original Thomas Recipe for Roxy withdrawal according to: http://www.vicodinwithdrawal.org/alternative-medicine/thomas-recipe-opiate-detox/

**This is only for informational purposes and should not be done without consenting with your primary physician. We are not physicians nor do we endorse this recipe or any at home withdrawal. Withdrawing from certain drugs can cause extreme pain, seizures and even death. Do not start any withdrawal program without consulting your doctor or professional medical help.**

“Start the vitamin/mineral supplement right away (or the first day you can keep it down), preferably with food. Potassium early in the detox is important to help relieve RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome). Bananas are a good source of potassium if you can’t find a supplement for it.

Begin your detox with regular doses of Valium (or alternate benzo). Start with a dose high enough to produce sleep. Before you use any benzo, make sure you’re aware of how often it can be safely taken. Different benzos have different dosing schedules. Taper your Valium dosage down after each day. The goal is to get through day 4, after which the worst WD symptoms will subside. You shouldn’t need the Valium after day 4 or 5.

During detox, hit the hot bath or Jacuzzi as often as you need to for muscle aches. Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of hot soaks. Spend the entire time, if necessary, in a hot bath. This simple method will alleviate what is for many the worst opiate WD symptom.

Use the Imodium aggressively to stop the runs. Take as much as you need, as often as you need it. Don’t take it, however, if you don’t need it.

At the end of the fourth day, you should be waking up from the Valium and experiencing the beginnings of the opiate WD malaise. Upon rising (empty stomach), take the L-Tyrosine. Try 2000 mgs and scale up or down, depending on how you feel. You can take up to 4,000 mgs. Take the L-Tyrosine with B6 to help absorption. Wait about one hour before eating breakfast. The L-Tyrosine will give you a surge of physical and mental energy that will help counteract the malaise. You may continue to take it each morning for as long as it helps. If you find it gives you the “coffee jitters,” consider lowering the dosage or discontinuing it altogether. Occasionally, L-Tyrosine can cause the runs. Unlike the runs from opiate WD, however, this effect of L-Tyrosine is mild and normally does not return after the first hour. Lowering the dosage may help.

Continue to take the vitamin/mineral supplement with breakfast.

As soon as you can force yourself to, get some mild exercise such as walking, cycling, swimming, etc. This will be hard at first, but will make you feel considerably better.

– Thomas”

Once again, this is only for informational purposes and not a recommendation or suggestion to actually use. We don’t think it’s smart nor safe to do and believe that people should always consult their doctors first. We’re all different people with different addictions, level of us, weight, height, and pre-existing conditions. To think that there’s a ‘one-shoe-fits-all’ recipe for withdrawal is not only obsurd but reckless.

**This is only for informational purposes and should not be done without consenting with your primary physician. We are not physicians nor do we endorse this recipe or any at home withdrawal. Withdrawing from certain drugs can cause extreme pain, seizures and even death. Do not start any withdrawal program without consulting your doctor or professional medical help.**