Due to strict laws on illegal drugs, teenagers are turning to more dangerous household products to get high
By John Vibes
(INTELLIHUB) — While police are locking people up for using illegal drugs, there are some who are using even more dangerous and harmful legal chemicals to get high. One recent example is the dangerous new trend of smoking coffee. When ingested through smoking, coffee is far more dangerous than many common illegal drugs. Smoking coffee has been known to cause trouble breathing, dizziness, vomiting and even hallucinations.
The coffee is being prepared for smoking in the same way that crack cocaine is prepared, with “Chore Boy” copper scrubber and the “Glass Rose” cylinders that are sold at many gas station convenience stores. If you saw someone smoking coffee, you may actually think that they were smoking crack.
According to MedLinePlus the full list of effects for smoking coffee include:
- Breathing trouble
- Changes in alertness
- Increased thirst
- Irregular heartbeat
- Muscle twitching
- Increased likelihood of outrageous behavior
- Rapid heartbeat
- Sleeping trouble
- Urination – increased
The following are videos showing teenagers smoking coffee with homemade devices:
As I have discussed in the past, prohibition actually encourages this sort of behavior. In the black market one of the major drawbacks is that there is no accountability among the people selling the drug. Since anyone can get kidnapped and thrown in a cage for even dealing with the stuff, it really doesn’t make sense for people to be plastering their names and logos all over the drugs. In this age of corporate mercantilism logos and branding may seem like a really tacky idea, but when looking at the black market we can see the value in such things. Someone who is selling a product with their name on it, is going to go through far greater lengths to ensure the quality of their product, as opposed to someone who would remain anonymous.
This anonymity creates an incentive for people to be dishonest with what they sell. This could lead to rip offs, or downright contamination of the drug with unwanted harmful substances. This is why there was bathtub gin that would make you go blind if your drank it during alcohol prohibition. This is also the reason why some of the harder street drugs today are cut with toxic chemicals that increase the chance of overdose ten fold. The fact that the drugs need to be smuggled also creates the incentive to make drugs more potent, and thus in some circumstances more dangerous. The increased potency and decreased availability inevitably leads to a massive increase in cost. The increased cost is a whole other issue with its own unique side effects in regards to drug safety. When the price of the real drugs go up, people just start huffing paint thinner, smoking bath salts and cooking up crystal meth in their basements, which is then even many times more dangerous than the unbranded drugs on the black market.