“Things were worse an hour ago, and I was looking at this tree but it was a dragon and then a tree, and I remembered that one nice pretty weather day when I was part of the air. Regardless, I decided to never take LSD again.”
~ Charlie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
In order to gain a full understanding of the most common party drugs used in Idaho, you should get all the facts. It is not enough to simply know which party drugs are commonly used in the state – it is also important to know how the drugs are used, what effects they have, and what signs abuse to look for. We address these three major questions in this post, listing the most common party drugs used in Idaho according to the Boise Police Department. Party drugs differ from both prescription and other addictive drugs in one important way: it is nearly impossible to know how strong the drug is before you take it. This makes party drugs like Ecstasy, mushrooms, and crystal meth exceedingly dangerous. If you are considering using party drugs, we’ll start with this bit of advice: don’t.
Ecstasy in Idaho: Getting the Facts About Use, Effects, and Abuse
Otherwise known as Molly or MDMA, ecstasy is by far one of the most common party drugs used in Idaho. In fact, it is one of the most prevalent party drugs all around the United States. They are usually sold or distributed at parties, bars, and raves around the state.
“Molly has developed a reputation as being of higher quality and more costly than ecstasy – though this is not necessarily a deserved reputation because molly can be also cut with fillers or other potential drugs at any time in the process since it is in a powder form.”
~ Boise Police Department
As the police department highlights, MDMA is one of the least trustworthy drugs to be used in the state, since it can easily be cut with other drugs. The drug is usually taken as a colorful tablet or capsule, though as the quote from the police department above shows it can be snorted as a powder (supposedly as a more pure form). MDMA acts as both a hallucinogen and a stimulant, working in the brain to created pleasurable feelings, increased energy, warmth, and a distorted sense of time and space. However, these effects easily gave way to less pleasurable health effects and symptoms of abuse. If an individual uses MDMA moderately for a week or more, they may experience the following signs of abuse:
- Depression and irritability
- Sleep problems
- Impulsiveness and aggression
- Problems with memory and attention span
- Decreased appetite
If you see any of these signs either in yourself or in someone you know, you should seek out help immediately.
Mushrooms in Idaho: Getting the Facts About Use, Effects, and Abuse
Mushrooms may look natural, but that does not necessarily mean that they are safe, particularly since they are a relatively common party drug used in Idaho. They are most commonly ingested directly by eating them and are sometimes used in conjunction with LSD, another hallucinogen. Because the chemical in “shrooms” is naturally occurring, ingesting mushrooms is often associated with both hallucinations and other, detrimental and physical symptoms. “The use of psilocybin has been associated withnegative physical and psychological consequences. The physical effects, which appear within 20 minutes of ingestion and last approximately 6 hours, include nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness, drowsiness, and lack of coordination. The psychological side effects include hallucinations and an inability to distinguish fantasy from reality. Panic attacks and psychosis may also occur, particularly if a person ingests a large dose.” While psychedelic mushrooms are usually used casually, it is possible to abuse the substance. Some of the most common signs of abuse of mushrooms include:
- Problems in concentration and attention span
- Sustained hallucinations
- Dilated pupils
- Twitching muscles
- Difficulty in discerning reality from fantasy, even when not using the drug
- Increased in temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate
- Stomach problems
Crystal Meth: Getting the Facts About Use, Effects, and Abuse
Crystal Meth is not exclusively used as a party drug, like MDMA, but it is worthwhile mentioning here because of the danger that it poses to users. Methamphetamine is a stimulant, and crystal meth takes the form of glassy rock crystals. People take the drug by smoking, snorting, or injecting the dissolved powder. The short-term effects of the drug include increased wakefulness and faster breathing, along with a rapid heartbeat and high blood pressure.
“Boise Police find meth is one of the most dangerous, widespread drugs abused in our area. Users often begin by snorting the drug, then smoke it, then injected. Crystal Meth is popular now and marketed as more pure, but in reality, is no different than colored meth.”
~ Boise Police Department
When used over the long-term, crystal meth shows extreme signs of abuse and addiction – both at the mental and physical level. These include:
- Extreme weight loss
- Intense itching
- Violent behavior
- Problems sleeping
- Hallucinations, even not during drug use
While this post has hopefully given you further insight into the most common party drugs used in Idaho, it has certainly made at least one thing clear: with the prevalence of these drugs and their considering their addictive nature, addiction resources in Idaho are as important as ever. Whether you are in Idaho Falls, Boise, Nampa or anywhere else in the state, you can find the resources you need on our site. There is no question that addiction has had an impact on Idaho – but there is hope through addiction treatment and rehab programs. If you still have questions about the most common party drugs used in Idaho, or have something to share, feel free to either contact us or leave a comment in the section below.