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Nitrous Oxide / Salvia / Steroids

Street Aware does not advocate the use of substances.
The information below is only to illustrate the dangers of drug use.

DRUG: Nitrous Oxide

AKA: N2O, Laughing Gas, Hippy Crack

FROM: On-line; festivals, legal high shops

TAKEN: Gas discharged in to balloon and inhaled

LASTS: Under 5 minutes/balloon

WHAT HAPPENS? You may experience mild euphoria, sense of disassociation, disorientation and a reduced sense of pain

DANGERS: Poor circulation, lung damage, injury

COST: £1/balloon

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 or create powerful hallucinations, 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. 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: Salvia

AKA: Salvia, Sage

FROM: Naturally growing Mexican plant. Leaves are made into higher strength extracts from 5x to 60x

TAKEN: Smoked

LASTS: 20-30mins

WHAT HAPPENS? When smoked the effects come on very strong within seconds and can cause almost immediate incapacitation, Depending on strength effects range from mildly altered state of mind and floaty body feeling to very strong hallucinations -ve Strong and often unpleasant hallucinations, complete detachment from reality, fear that you are dying, panic

DANGERS: As with many hallucinogenic drugs Salvia will worsen any existing mental health problems, accidental injury or death from loss of reality and loss of coordination or incapacitation.

COST: £10-£40 depending on strength

HARM REDUCTION: Risk of Mental Health problems: Avoid if prone to mental health problems salvia will worsen any existing problems and may cause problems for otherwise healthy people. Don’t use if feeling anxious or depressed Don’t use in conjunction with other psychoactive compounds While Intoxicated: You may experience overpowering and unpleasant hallucinations and body sensations which can be frightening and very distressing. Always have someone with you who is not under the influence of salvia to look after you. Stay with people you know and trust to look after you; Don’t mix Salvia with other drugs; start out with lower strength extracts the effects of stronger ones can be too intense and unpleasant for many. Avoid using substances in dangerous areas as many can reduce the pain threshold, so you could injure yourself and not feel or realise it!

 

DRUG: Steroids

AKA: Juice, roids, Test, Sust, Deca and other names

FROM: Made in labs sold online and in gyms

TAKEN: Swallowed, muscular injections

LASTS: ½ - 7days+ depending on type

WHAT HAPPENS? You experience increased energy and muscular developments but may experience aggression and significant health risks.

DANGERS: Abscess, Acne, Acromegaly, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Fatigue, Gynecomastia 'aka' Gyno, Headaches

COST: Varies according to drug £2-50+

HARM REDUCTION: Don’t mix with alcohol or cocaine Avoid diuretics intake as it can cause loss of potassium and sodium, which can increase the risk of cardiac arrhythmias. Do your research; know where you are getting your steroids from as they can be counterfeit Be selfish with your paraphernalia, including straws or needles, as sharing may spread disease such a hepatitis C. If injecting legal highs, ensure to attend a needle exchange and adopt safer injecting techniques. 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. The newer substances are often much more potent than traditional 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, don’t overdo it or double dose, it may take time for the effects to kick in!

 

DRUG: Synthetic cannabis

AKA: Synth canna, Brand Names: Doob, Black Mamba, Blue Cheese, Spice, Synthetic cannabinoids are chemicals, sprayed on to inert herbal material

FROM: Made in labs, online and head shops

TAKEN: Smoked, in pipes or with tobacco

LASTS: 30-60 mins – could be longer

WHAT HAPPENS? You may experience relaxation, mild hallucinations and sensory change but also anxiety, nausea and panic.

DANGERS: These chemicals have not been tested so generally risks are unknown but can include: liver/kidney failure, heart failure, convulsions/fits, low mood in comedown, depression, death

COST: £10/g average

HARM REDUCTION: Mates aren’t chemists and the retailers often don’t know what they are selling either - so read up on the internet, there are a number drug forums available detailing the effects of a number of substances including the positive and negative. 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, don’t overdo it or double dose, it may take time for the effects to kick in! 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 or create powerful hallucinations, 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.