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In recent days, we have learned that LSD is becoming prevalent in our community once again. As with most other drugs and their trends, LSD comes and goes periodically. However, it seems that our teenage population is being inundated with it during this go-around.
For those that do not know what this substance is, LSD stands for Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, and is commonly referred to as "acid", "blotter", or "dots". It can come in tablet form, capsule form, or liquid form. Perhaps the most common method for LSD to be abused is through blotter paper, which is a sheet of small squares of perforated paper soaked in LSD. The small squares of paper can have all sorts of designs, cartoon characters, etc. to appeal to young people. In that small amount, there can be enough LSD soaked in to cause a "trip" that will last approximately 12 hours. Also, we are seeing that teenagers are utilizing eye drop bottles or glass vial droppers to administer the liquid form of LSD into their eye.
The most common signs that someone is abusing LSD include: delusions, hallucinations, increased body temperature, profuse sweating, increased blood pressure, and loss of sleep. LSD affects people in different ways depending on their personality and their demeanor at time of ingestion. Under the effects of LSD, the ability to make sensible judgments and see common dangers is impaired. This can lead to severe personal injury or even death. As with other hallucinogenic type drugs, users can become violent and display super-human type strength if put in stressful situations (i.e. arrest). Caution should be taken when dealing with someone suspected of being under the influence of LSD.
We are encouraging parents to be extra vigilant about keeping tabs on their teenage children and knowing what they are doing and who they are with. Substances such as LSD can lead to horrific consequences, even if it's the first time to use it.
Visit www.drugfree.org and www.drugabuse.gov for more information regarding LSD and its effects.