K - M

DRUG: Ketamine

AKA: K, Super K, Vitamin K

FROM: Made in labs

TAKEN: Snorted, injected, swallowed

LASTS: 2-3hrs

WHAT HAPPENS? You may experience hallucinations, altered thinking, mild euphoria, calm detachment alongside paralysis, scary hallucinations, loss of muscular control

DANGERS: Risk of injury, paralysis, assault, vomiting, bladder problems, unconsciousness, death

COST: £20/gm

HARM REDUCTION: Never mix substances together especially with alcohol. Ensure you don’t use alone and are with company that you trust in case of any unwanted side effects. Always keep a designated safe person who is aware of substances people are taking. Binges of substances can be dangerous so it is important to ensure that you rest your body (you only have one) and keep healthy during your ‘rest’ periods from substances. Be careful of using these substances if you are prone to mental health problems, in a low mood, feeling anxious, depressed or are unwell physically. Avoid using substances in dangerous areas as many can reduce the pain threshold, so you could injure yourself and not feel or realise it! Be selfish with your paraphernalia, including straws or needles, as sharing may spread disease such a hepatitis C. If injecting, ensure to attend a needle exchange and adopt safer injecting techniques. DRUGS A to Z Khat / LSD / Mephedrone Street Aware does not advocate the use of substances. The information below is only to illustrate the dangers of drug use.

 

DRUG: Khat

AKA: Khat, chat

FROM: Grown abroad but Sold in shops and online in UK

TAKEN: Chewed or can be drunk

LASTS: 2 hours

WHAT HAPPENS? You may become more talkative, energetic, increased confidence but also, due to stimulation effects, may prevent sleep, reduce appetite and increase anxiety

DANGERS: May result in weight loss, paranoia, low mood and depression, exhaustion and heart/digestive problems

COST: £2.50/bunch

HARM REDUCTION: Never mix substances together as the effects with many of these newer substances are unknown. Be careful of using these substances if you are prone to mental health problems, in a low mood, feeling anxious, depressed or are unwell physically. Avoid using substances in dangerous areas as many can reduce the pain threshold so you could injure yourself and not feel or realise it! Ensure you don’t use alone and are with company that you trust in case of any unwanted side effects. Always keep a designated safe person who is aware of substances people are taking. Binges of substances can be dangerous so it is important to ensure that you rest your body (you only have one) and keep healthy during your ‘rest’ periods from substances. Have drug free days! It is extremely important to seek appropriate medical advice if you require it rather than waiting it out, as things could only get worse. The internet is not a doctor and neither are your friends, if in doubt get help!

 

DRUG: LSD

AKA: Lysergic Acid Diethylamide Acid, tabs, trips

FROM: Made in labs

TAKEN: Swallowed, held in mouth

LASTS: 8-12 hours

WHAT HAPPENS? You will experience hallucinations and altered thinking, but could result in panic attacks and scary visions or thoughts

DANGERS: Risk of injury when intoxicated and concerns with mental health

COST: £2/tab

HARM REDUCTION: Risk of Mental Health problems: Avoid if prone to mental health problems. LSD will exacerbate any mental health problems. Don’t use if feeling anxious or depressed Don’t use in conjunction with other psychoactive compounds, it’s not a cocktail! Use in company of trusted friends. You will be very disconnected to the real world and situations, so it is best to have someone with you who is not under the influence and you trust to look after you. If you are inexperienced with hallucinogenic drugs it is best avoided Avoid using substances in dangerous areas as many can reduce the pain threshold, so you could injure yourself and not feel or realise it! Binges of substances can be dangerous so it is important to ensure that you rest your body (you only have one) and keep healthy during your ‘rest’ periods from substances.

 

DRUG: Mephedrone

AKA: Methylmethcathinone MMCAT, Miaow, plant food

FROM: Made in labs and brought online

TAKEN: Snorted, swallowed, small number of injectors

LASTS: 15-30mins

WHAT HAPPENS? You may experience euphoria, increased energy, jitters, confidence, and moderate hallucinations, but also increased heart rate, panic, anxiety, paranoia and nausea

DANGERS: Addiction, convulsions, heart problems, septum damage, seizures, poor circulation, poor mental health.

COST: £10 per 0.7/g

HARM REDUCTION: Many of these substances have not had research conducted on them or been tested; do you really want to be the lab rat?? The newer substances are often much more potent than traditional illicit substances and so therefore the amount required to obtain the same effect may be smaller than normal. It is best to start with a low dose and wait to see how you feel Never mix substances together as the effects with many of these newer substances are unknown. Be careful of using these substances if you are prone to mental health problems Avoid using substances in dangerous areas as many can reduce the pain threshold or create powerful hallucinations, so you could injure yourself and not feel or realise it! Binges of substances can be dangerous so it is important to ensure that you rest your body (you only have one) and keep healthy during your ‘rest’ periods from substances. It is extremely important to seek appropriate medical advice if you require it rather than waiting it out, as things could only get worse. The internet is not a doctor and neither are your friends, if in doubt get help! Remember to keep the packet of any ingested substances as this helps medical services identify what you have taken much more quickly and therefore you can receive the appropriate medical intervention should you require it. Be selfish with your paraphernalia, including straws or needles, as sharing may spread disease such a hepatitis C.

 

DRUG: MDAI

AKA: Sparkle, 5 6-Methylenedioxy-2-aminoindane, Chemical name: 6,7-dihydro-5H-cyclopenta[f][1,3]benzodioxol-6-amine

FROM: Synthetic entactogen, manufactured in labs

TAKEN: Swallowed, Insufflated (snorted)

LASTS: 4-6 hours

WHAT HAPPENS? May experience mild euphoria and sense of wellbeing, Mild physical stimulation, Very mild hallucinogenic properties, Feelings of empathy (often referred to as similar to mdma though much milder in effect) –but also overstimulation, overheating, panic

DANGERS: Overdose, coma, death, dehydration or drinking too much water leading to collapse.

COST: £20 gram

HARM REDUCTION: Risk of Mental Health problems: Avoid if prone to mental health problems, Use in company of trusted friends While Intoxicated: You are less aware of your surroundings and possible dangers. MDAI is often used in conjunction with other stimulants or hallucinogens to potentiate the effects, this can be very dangerous and is not advised, if you do mix MDAI with other substances ALWAYS start off with small doses and work your way up to a level that is comfortable. MDAI is often found to be mixed with other sometimes illegal substances so you can’t be sure what you’re getting from batch to batch or different suppliers. Always try a small amount to test the effects before using your normal dosage. It is extremely important to seek appropriate medical advice if you require it rather than waiting it out, as things could only get worse. Remember to keep the packet of any ingested substances as this helps medical services identify what you have taken much more quickly and therefore you can receive the appropriate medical intervention should you require it.

 

DRUG: MDMA

AKA: E, Eccies, Tabs, Pills, XTC. Doves, apples, mitsubishis, etc

FROM: Made in labs

TAKEN: Swallowed, MDMA powder - snorted

LASTS: 3-5hrs

WHAT HAPPENS? You may feel energetic, experience mild hallucinations and a positive mood but also negative scary ‘trips’, increased anxiety and panic attacks

DANGERS: Heat stroke, liver/kidney failure, heart failure, reaction to pill, low mood in comedown, depression, death

COST: £2-5/tablet

HARM REDUCTION: Risk of Mental Health problems: Avoid if prone to mental health problems MDMA will exacerbate any mental health problems. Don’t use if feeling anxious or depressed Don’t use in conjunction with other psychoactive compounds or alcohol, it’s not a cocktail! Use in company of trusted friends. You will be very disconnected to the real world and situations, so it is best to have someone with you who is not under the influence and you trust to look after you. If you are inexperienced with hallucinogenic drugs it is best avoided. Avoid using substances in dangerous areas as many can reduce the pain threshold, so you could injure yourself and not feel or realise it! Binges of substances can be dangerous so it is important to ensure that you rest your body (you only have one) and keep healthy during your ‘rest’ periods from substances.

 

DRUG: MPA

AKA: White MM, Chemical name: 1-(thiophen-2-yl)-2-methylaminopropane

FROM: Synthetic methamphetamine analogue, made in labs

TAKEN: Swallowed, Insufflated (snorted), Injected, Smoked

LASTS: 4 – 6 Hours

WHAT HAPPENS? You may experience Mild euphoria, physical & mental stimulation, Talkativeness, Increased sexual arousal but also paranoia, Anxiety, Racing heart, tight chest, Psychological dependency, Bladder problems

DANGERS: seizures, poor circulation, Heart failure, overdose

COST: £15 - £25 gram

HARM REDUCTION: Risk of Mental Health problems: Avoid if prone to mental health problems, as new substances can affect your health and wellbeing. While Intoxicated: Wait for effects to peak before re-dosing. Stay hydrated. Stay with people you know and trust to look after you; Don’t mix MPA with other drugs, especially other stimulants or downers (benzodiazepines) etizolam etc as this can increase the chance of heart complications. Always start with small amounts, a new batch may be much more potent than your body is used to tolerating.