You have to read this right now: a whopping 35 million people suffer or are at risk from substance use and abuse. This was in 2019 alone and the numbers are continuously rising. Included in this are hotshot drugs that are currently affecting millions and letting them die due to neglect and misinformation.
Transcend Recovery Community aims to shed light on this and explains everything you need to know about hot-shot drugs and how you can change your life and avoid an untimely death due to addiction. Continue reading to find out more.
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What is a Hot Shot?
A hotshot drug is a prescription drug that is consumed in a manner that bypasses the normal process of taking medicine. Hot shot drugs are used to get high and are often administered by injection, inhalation, or snorting.
Injecting a hot shot drug is the most common method of consumption, but it can also be snorted or inhaled. The effects of hotshot drugs are similar to those of other illicit drugs, but they tend to be more intense and longer-lasting than those experienced with other substances.
One classic example of it is referred to as the gray death. It is a drug that combines a mix of heroin and other opioids, as well as the powerful synthetic opiate Fentanyl.
List of Hot Shot Drugs
There are many kinds of illegal and dangerous hotshot drugs. They can be found in various forms, from pills to liquid solutions. Some of these substances are highly potent and can cause serious health problems and even death.
Here is the list of different hot shot drugs known
- Heroin - Heroin is a highly addictive drug once used as a painkiller. It's made from morphine, which is derived from opium poppy plants. Users often develop a tolerance for heroin and must take larger doses to get high. This can lead to overdose or death.
- Methamphetamine - Methamphetamine, or "meth" as commonly called, is a dangerous drug that has become increasingly prevalent in the United States. Users may feel euphoria and increased energy after taking meth in small doses. But when higher doses are taken, users can experience symptoms like hallucinations, paranoia, confusion, insomnia, and delusions.
- Ecstasy - Ecstasy is a psychoactive drug, also known as MDMA. It's a stimulant that causes euphoria, energy, and enhanced empathy. It's most commonly taken in pill form, but can also be snorted or injected.
- Cocaine - Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that acts on the central nervous system to produce an effect similar to adrenaline. It is derived from the leaves of the coca plant native to South America and can be snorted, smoked, or injected. Because of its addictive nature and the potential for overdose, cocaine use is illegal in most countries around the world.
- LSD (acid)- LSD, or lysergic acid diethylamide, is a potent chemical that can be swallowed, injected, or applied to the skin. It's one of the most potent mood-altering substances known to man. The United States government classified LSD as a Schedule I controlled substance in 1968 because it has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States and has a high potential for abuse
Most outpatient mental health programs need first to identify the type of mixed medications or substances used as it would be helpful to choose the appropriate treatment needed for the person suffering from their addiction.
Dangers of a Hot Shot
The dangers associated with using illegal hotshot drugs are not well-documented, but there is research and evidence that suggests they are dangerous.
In 2015, the National Institute of Health (NIH) released a report that found that the use of illegal hotshot drugs has been linked to increased risk of stroke and heart attack, as well as other problems such as kidney failure and liver failure.
Additionally, there are some indications that the use of these drugs can be fatal. In 2016, a study conducted by the University of California at San Francisco found that users who have taken these drugs have died from overdose or stroke.
People suffering from addiction to these hotshot drugs may need to undergo rigorous medication management programs which may also involve counseling to achieve sobriety and improve their quality of life.
Signs of Overdose from Hot Shots
Hotshot drugs are a class of drugs that are used by recreational drug users to produce a more intense high. Hotshots can be made from popular street drugs like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. They can also be made from legal prescription medications, such as over-the-counter cough medicine or prescription opioids.
The signs of overdose from hotshot drugs are:
- Slow breathing or no breathing at all
- Blue lips and fingernails
- Pinpoint pupils
- Seizures (shaking)
Signs of overdose may vary from person to person. They may also have different physical and psychological manifestations. If you suspect someone is overdosing on hotshot drugs, call 911 immediately.
Sober living may also help as a form of medical assistance during treatment and is encouraged for people who find it hard to recover on their own.
Can Transcend Recovery Community Help with Recovery from Hot Shot Addicts?
Yes, TRC can help as they specialize in assisting people who are in rehabilitation from their addiction, whether it is alcohol or even heroin.
With many locations in the country such as Houston, Los Angeles, and New York, our organization can help families, especially parents of their children who suffer from drug abuse to receive ample support while receiving treatment and counseling.
Our team can connect and refer patients to different specialists in the field, giving them, especially children, another chance in life and find a home (transitional housing) that will support and encourage them while in rehab.
Contact us for further questions, and we'll get you on the first step of support for your complete rehabilitation.