AVOID A BAD SUMMER
By George Guevara
now in full swing, people will spend their time playing in the sun or
the water and just having fun. Unfortunately, some have the idea that
partaking in the use of illegal substances is fun. This won’t be
another sermon on not breaking the law. Instead of talking about how
being under the influence and possessing controlled substances is
against the law – which everyone should already know - I’m going to
provide just a few facts about some of the hallucinogens. I’ll cover
“Lysergic Acid Diethylamide,” otherwise known as LSD, “acid,” “tabs,” or
compassionately called “The Love Drug.”
LSD is one of several types of commonly used
hallucinogens and is synthetically produced. LSD was very popular in
the ‘60s, and the love for it eventually wore off. Well, it’s back,
just like a bad dream. In the past three years, Santa Clarita Sheriff’s
deputies have confiscated hundred of “tabs” of LSD in seizures ranging
from as little as two or three tabs to hundreds at one time.
“Tabs” are perforated pieces of paper that have been
saturated with LSD. Once the piece of paper has dried, it is sold on
the streets from anywhere from $2 to $4 a ‘hit’. A hit is one dose.
Hallucinogen users can experience a wide variety of
reactions, ranging from mild stimulation to violent hallucinations.
Synthetic hallucinogens are very powerful, even in small amounts. Other
effects include: optical distortions, impaired perceptions, panic or
paranoia, impaired memory or attention. They can include impaired
coordination and intensified visual images and synesthesia. An
example of synesthesia is where a telephone might ring and a person
under the influence of a hallucinogen might say, “Look at the beautiful
colors!” referring to the ringing of the phone. Pulse rate is increased
and dilated (enlarged) pupils are affected. This is known as
“fight/flight.” Some signs of hallucinogen overdose can be psychotic
behavior and self-destructive psychosis.
A ‘bad trip’ or bad experience
may sometimes be re-experienced as a ‘flashback’. The flashback is
apparently not caused by residual quantities of the drug in the user’s
body, but they are vivid recollections of a previous hallucinogenic
experience. The emotional flashback is the most dangerous.
It brings strong feelings of panic, loneliness and fear, which creates
an intense and very real recollection of the original “bad trip.”
Persons taking LSD or any of the other hallucinogens
pose a very real life-threatening risk to themselves and law enforcement
personnel. As you can see, drugs are not all fun like some people will
claim. They are just plain dangerous. Would you put an unknown
chemical into your body to see what it will do? If you use a substance
like LSD, that is exactly what you are doing. It is not made by a
pharmaceutical company. This drug is made in an illegal lab by someone
who does not care what the effects are, what other chemicals are added,
or what happens to the person using it.
Remember: There is
no quality control when a person buys “dope” on the street. The
main point of this is not to tell you that the possession and
consumption of the drug is illegal. You already know that.
What I am trying to tell you is how dangerous it really is. You
might or might not die from using LSD, but is anyone really sure of what
the long-term effects are?