[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address 54.205.140.252. Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
Article
September 23, 1988

Designer Drugs

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC

Washington, DC

 

by M. M. Kirsch, 176 pp, $7.95, Minneapolis, Comp-Care Publications, 1986.

JAMA. 1988;260(12):1791. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410120137045

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.

Abstract

Designer drugs, like designer clothes, are produced to sell. They are created and marketed to a clientele of growing size that is looking for an ever more varied or specific experience in a recreational drug. The designer drug is usually a variation on a previously controlled substance.

These drugs, which are manufactured by altering the chemical structure of narcotics, stimulants, or other recreational drugs, produce similar effects. Often, as in the case of "Ecstasy," the effect is preferred to that of the original drug.

Crack has been successfully marketed because its use replaces free-basing in convenient form. It is easily produced from cocaine with little equipment. Similarly, phencyclidine (PCP) can be produced in almost any home or garage laboratory by anyone who is willing and able to follow a simple cookbook.

Synthetic narcotics many times as potent as natural narcotics can be produced by a chemist who has a little

×