Thursday, 24 October 2013

The New Zealand Party Pill Problem

There are many types of drugs that are derived from naturally occurring plant substances. Marijuana, cocaine and heroin, for example, are all developed from plants that naturally grow in the wild across the planet. Residents of countries where these plants grow have used the naturally occurring drug properties of these plants for medicinal and religious purposes for thousands of years.

The same can't be said, however, for a new class of drugs referred to as "synthetics." Synthetic drugs are created in a lab by chemists that are specifically trying to create effects similar to those of naturally-occurring drugs. Drugs such as "K2" and "spice" can feel to their users like marijuana, even though the actual drugs have nothing physically in common with the plant. These drugs are starting to prove especially difficult in the country of New Zealand.

The Problem with Party Pills

"Party pills" are another term for synthetic drugs. They are called this because they are often used recreationally by teens and young adults at parties, dances and raves. One of the problems with these drugs is that users often don't actually know what they are buying. The producers of party pills will often change up the formulas of their products so that they can stay ahead of government regulations about what is and is not allowed to be sold to the public.

Since New Zealand is an island nation far from any country but Australia, it's actually very difficult for the world's largest producers of illegal drugs to get their products to the country. Due to this, many of the drugs that New Zealanders end up using are drugs produced locally. Party pills fit perfectly into this scenario.

A Lack of Regulations

Many of these party pills are actually unregulated by the government of New Zealand. This means that many residents don't even have to worry about legal E ramifications when they use the drugs.

One possible reason for the lack of regulation on these drugs is that it can be extremely difficult to keep track of them in the first place. In the United States, for example, lawmakers do try to keep these drugs illegal. The government will identify what chemical is giving a synthetic drug its intoxicating properties, and they will then outlaw that substance. Just as quickly as lawmakers can outlaw these substances, however, chemists have already developed new substances that give a similar high.

Whatever the reason for the lack of regulations in New Zealand, the consequence is that many youths can easily access powerful drugs with unknown ingredients and side effects.

Consequences of Unregulated Party Pills
Many of these synthetic drugs can harm the human body, and there have been many instances of New Zealanders being taken to hospital emergency rooms after having bad reactions to a party pill they've tried. By this time, doctors know what to expect when an addict has overdosed or had a bad reaction to a well-known drug like heroin or cocaine. They can immediately go to work saving that addict's life, because they have at least seen the reaction before and know what to do.

With synthetic drugs, doctors can have no idea what they are looking at when someone comes in with a bad reaction. Doctors do their best to save these drug users' lives, but they are often left scratching their heads as they have to just "do their best" with a reaction to an unknown substance.

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