Dr. Oz is sending the alarm about a brand new designer drug that’s perfectly legal. Anyone in your family could get their hands on it without even leaving the house. It’s called dragonfly and it’s cheap, easier to score than alcohol, and deadly. Dr. Oz is joined by family members of young people who have died from overdoses of dragonfly and addiction specialist, Dr. Joseph Lee, who is on the front lines and has seen teens from around the country who are using this new designer drug.
DRAGONFLY FACT SHEET
WHAT IS DRAGONFLY AND WHAT’S THE HIGH LIKE WHEN YOU’RE ON IT?
Dragonfly is a synthetic hallucinogen. There are two types out there: 2C-E, and bromo-dragonfly which is even more potent. You can think of dragonfly as an amped-up version of LSD, but it is even more potent and longer-lasting, and extremely dangerous.
HOW BIG A TREND IS DRAGONFLY?
Dragonfly is definitely a rising trend in the synthetic drug world. These are the latest drugs we are finding kids are getting their hands on and the most concerning part is we don’t know exactly what these drugs can do to your system.
WHY ARE KIDS DOING THIS?
It’s a “legal” high right now. The culture of drugs has changed. Teens and young adults are now becoming amateur pharmacology experts. They are doing their research on the internet, and learning about how different chemicals work. Each time someone uses a synthetic chemical, they have no way of knowing what they are putting into their body.
HOW CAN THESE DRUGS BE LEGAL?
They are in that grey zone area where they’re not technically illegal, but they’re not really legal either. The only reason these drugs are legal is because the government hasn't caught up to them yet.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SOMEONE TAKES IT:
It will stimulate serotonin, till you get a euphoric feeling. But then it can go quickly wrong, causing blood vessels to spasm, and cut off the blood supply to vital organs, eventually causing them to shut down. It can irritate intestines and cause lungs to fill up with fluid till you stop breathing. It can cause heart arrhythmia, which can lead to cardiac arrest. This drug can catch up with you quickly and kill.
THERE’S NO DRUG DEALER NEEDED HERE - IS THIS WHAT KIDS ARE DOING NOW?
The internet is the new “dealer”. It’s no longer the drug dealer down the street. Kids know how to find anything they want online. And the scariest part is you have no idea what you’re really getting online - it can differ with every seller and every purchase.
WHEN KIDS ARE USING ALCOHOL OR POT YOU CAN SMELL IT - BUT HOW CAN YOU KNOW IF YOUR KIDS COULD BE USING DRAGONFLY?
We are making a dangerous mistake by waiting for kids to show the signs of addiction before we educate them about these synthetic substances. These drugs can have a severe, detrimental impact right away. So the key here is prevention. You need to have a frank conversation with your children about what these drugs can do.
KEY WAYS PARENTS CAN HELP PREVENT THEIR KIDS FROM TRYING THESE NEW DESIGNER DRUGS:
You must be nosy. Just like you need to keep tabs on the prescription medications in your medicine cabinet, you need to be monitoring what your kids are doing online.
THREE TIPS FOR PARENTS:
1) Review your kids “internet browser history” to see what sites they’ve been on.
2) Some kids may be smart enough to clear their history, so there are actually programs available that allow you to monitor all the computers in your household, and also keep certain sites blocked.
3) You also must keep track of purchases made with family credit cards. See if anything looks suspicious, or if it’s something you didn’t authorize. Some sellers camouflage their names. Also watch out for packages you didn't order, foreign packages can carry misleading customs labels such as "eye lashes," "gift" and "herbal supplement."