Speckled Cherries, a new synthetic drug, has caused a media out-pour for its responsibility in 20 recorded deaths throughout the United Kingdom in less than one year. Compared to the severity of a serial killer, “speckled cherries” (or scientifically named 4-Dimethylaminorex) is a new synthetic drug that many people in Northern Ireland are getting legally high from, although it is marked as “not for human consumption.” The major problem with new synthesized forms of drugs is that officials cannot keep up with regulations prohibiting them quickly enough. Without the necessary official ban of specified controlled substances, many people falsely presume that the legality of it makes it is safe to take and overlook the potential, very real dangers that the consumption of the drug may cause.
What is “Speckled Cherries”?
Speckled cherries act as a stimulant with effects similar to that of methamphetamine, which result in aggression, overheated body temperature, possible seizures, and death. Similar in appearance to some illegal ecstasy pills, speckled cherries are described as white-colored pills with a marked design of a cherry on them. The substance is a synthetic version of a drug that has traveled throughout the United States under the street name of “Ice” (4-Methylaminorex). Although speckled cherries itself first appeared in the Netherlands in 2012, it has since traveled through Finland, Hungary, and Denmark.
Unfortunately when drugs appear in multiple locations like this, it means that the spread of the drug is extremely likely to reach further out until action is taken to prevent otherwise. The plan of action was immediate, however, for Health Minister Edwin Poots of Northern Ireland, who contacted the Home Secretary about the fatalities that had resulted due to the dangerous drug. A response on the matter is expected soon, but is it going to be before another incident or death is reported as a result of using speckled cherries?
These types of drugs that are thought to be excused as “legal highs” by the people abusing them are expanding rapidly and uncontrollably world-wide. Many drug users view these “legal highs” differently than other drugs, perceiving them to be safe. This is not true! If we take a look back at other synthetic drugs, like K2 and bath salts, we find that there were still hazardous consequences because of using the drugs.
It is difficult to keep up with the amount of new drugs being formed and synthesized, but people need to understand that even if a drug is being sold at your local gas station, it is not guaranteed to be any safer than drugs that are sold on the streets. Even when we take alcohol into consideration, we see that the legality does not change the physical addictive attributes or unfortunate number of deaths due to or in relation to the consumption of it. Any time we put a substance into our body, legal or not, we are putting ourselves at risk because there’s no telling how our bodies may react. Mr. Poots tried to push the message of this further stating, “The only safe advice is not to use them.”Tags: K2, krokodil, Spice, synthetic drug