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Bromo-dragonfly (B-fly) is the new kid on the block
Posted by:Rocco--Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Take a look at what kids are attracted to when it comes to synthetic drugs. As they say, the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know.

Get on YouTube and look at the thousands of videos posted by teenagers about their high on salvia, Bromo-dragonfly, K-2 and bath salts – all easily available synthetic drugs are available on the internet.

Synthetic drugs are full of contaminants and are made by amateurs. No one can ever really be sure what they are taking and in what dosage.

Dragonfly: What This Deadly New Drug Means for Your Family
By Joseph Lee MD - Medical Director of Hazelden’s Youth Continuum
Dr. Oz Show © 2012 ZoCo1, LLC

From doctoroz.com

Synthetic or designer drugs have been around for some time now, but they have been surging in popularity in the U.S. over the past decade. There’s synthetic marijuana, synthetic amphetamines (i.e., K-2, Spice, Herbal Incense, Bath Salts), and an ever-growing list of synthetic hallucinogens, including Dragonfly, all easily available online for any half-determined individual.

Despite the rash of synthetic-drug-related headlines in the past year, I find many parents and adolescents still feel these issues don’t pertain to them.

These problems are often imagined to exist in lower income parts of cities, “…not in our neighborhoods” and certainly not in our homes. Gauging current trends, however, there are plenty of reasons for every family to become aware. I hope the information below helps some families out there from suffering a preventable tragedy.

Bromo-dragonfly (B-fly) is the new kid on the block.

What Is Dragonfly?

Bromo Dragonfly is one of the dozens of designer hallucinogens with an increased presence in our communities. There are many cousins of Dragonfly, most famously the “2C” drugs, such as 2C-B and 2C-E. All of these chemicals work on serotonin, and change the way we feel and experience the world through our thoughts and senses.

Bromo-dragonfly is the name for another synthetic amphetamine modified from the common phenylethylamine structure. The name comes from the molecular structure that resembles a dragonfly.

Users love the hallucinogenic properties that are just less than those of LSD and the longer duration of effect, which may be more than several days. Typical doses are sold commonly in the form of blotters (paper that is soaked in liquid then cut into square tabs).

In 2007, an 18-year-old woman in Denmark was found dead after ingestion of a hallucinogenic liquid later found to be Bromo-Dragonfly. This case led to B-fly being classified as an illegal drug in Denmark on December 5, 2007. Several reports of deaths and toxicities followed.

Bromo Dragonfly is extremely potent, meaning that a very small dose has a very big kick – even a minor overdose can be disastrous.

Confusion, heart problems, hallucinations, seizures and even death have been reported from the consumption of Dragonfly, and it has been banned in several other Western countries. Moreover, many of the individuals who have suffered from its use were first time users.

Young people are now routinely treated across the country whose minds have been devastated by the impact of various synthetic drugs. Many of them get better, but the hallucinations, paranoia and disorganized thoughts can last months.

Why Would My Child Use Dragonfly?

Let’s be realistic. Young people have, and probably always will, experiment with substances.

Though risk-taking and novelty-seeking may be expected, easier access to drugs (usually online) and an endless stream of incomplete open source information (usually online) are newer trends.

Combined, these variables give some very false and very dangerous confidence about using these substances “safely.” The legal gray area that many synthetic drugs reside in certainly does nothing to discourage such a notion.

There is, an increasing number of young people who find that their social reputation improves significantly as they become amateur experts in obscure drugs. They innocently, but ignorantly, give advice to their friends about how someone else used safely before, how to mix the chemicals, and what they should expect.

All of this occurs without any knowledge of drug interactions and preexisting medical conditions. There is very little accountability when catastrophe strikes.

Some young people who buy Dragonfly actually believe they are buying acid or another drug, only to fall victim. This is because most of these designer drugs are full of contaminants and are made by amateur laboratories. No one can ever really be sure what they are taking and in at what dosage.

Why Is This Stuff Legal?

Dragonfly and many other synthetic drugs are currently not regulated on a federal level. The problem is that these chemicals can easily be altered with slight changes in structure to evade regulation. It also takes time for legislation to pass, creating an endless catch-up game for government agencies.

These drugs are bought online sometimes from other countries, so jurisdiction is another problem.

How Can I Protect My Family?

In the end, parents are the CEOs of their home. If your family is currently in crisis or you have strong suspicions, there are a number of ways to safeguard your home.

This includes tracking credit card statements, screening packages that come to the home, and especially tracking Internet browsing histories.
If you are in a desperate situation, don’t feel bad about doing what is necessary in your child’s best interest.

That being said, the best way to prevent drug use is to establish a culture in your home that preserves both safety and dignity.

Parents need to clear about the expectations they have regarding drug use. It’s equally important to withhold judgment so that children won’t be discouraged to communicate with you in times of need. The best parenting styles for drug prevention are authoritative, meaning that while parents are emotionally available and compassionate, they hold firm boundaries and expectations.

Most Importantly – Get Help

All of us are blinded by the love we have for our children and no one is consistently an objective observer of themselves and their families. If you have any concerns, pediatricians, mental health professionals, substance abuse counselors, and school resources can all point the way to effective screening and evaluation.

Perspective and Prevention

Bromo Dragonfly will not be the last drug, synthetic or otherwise, to make headlines, but it does represent some new trends in drug use.

The Internet’s role in drug use, easy accessibility, and murky legalities are all now a reality for many families. It’s up to parents, teachers and health-care professionals to protect our loved ones through education and prevention.

Dr. Oz Show © 2012 ZoCo1, LLC

Dr. Oz Investigates Dragonfly – Part 1

Dr. Oz Investigates Dragonfly – Part 2



Jessica said...

Although the article is about another synthetic drug,I would like to add some additional commens about spice.

As a mother of a son that has been consistently using spice since 2010as way to circumvent the legal system, who has also recently relapsed on spice after just 10 days post placement; I am very concerned for his safety.

Spice binds to the same cannaboid receptors as THC. However the synthetic cannaboids in spice bind more strongly, increasing both the half life and the potency. The result is an extreme high. Spice doses are unpredictable because you don't really know what is in the packet or tube.This makes each package unique and potentially deadly. Long term use, some sources say 3 months, has a strong likelihood for addiction. Herman's current in-home D&A therapist informed me of two teens from our area that she was working with who almost died as the result of K2 or spice.

Withdrawing from spice has physiologic symptoms similar to detoxing from narcotics.

If you google Spice Addiction, you will find numerous websites. There are treatment centers listing spice addiction as a primary diagnosis. The problem is that you need an admission of use, since it does not show up on drug screens. Herman's urine has been "clean" since 10/2010. His admissions were the result of good detective work, and a top notch PO.

I can add that spice can be chewed, Herman mixed his with chewing tobacco. This was discovered during his latest relapse. I initially thought it was Salvia, because it also can be absorbed via oral mucousa.

These substances are easily procured, sometimes in places that you feel would be helping your child, like recovery meetings.

The only tools we as parents have in detecting this stuff are our observations of behaviors, physical appearance, and good old fashioned detective work. (In this latest relapse, all I found were 2 plastic tube caps that he could not explain, and Roger observed a black powder (looked like black tea) floating in my toilet..but mistakedly flushed it.

Thank you Rocco for keeping us current with the latest synthetic drug trends.


Wilma said...

Thanks for your comment about Herman mixing spice with his chewing tobacco. I don't know if Bam Bam was using chewing tobacco much before home detention but he sure is using it now. I find the cans of chew and waterbottles in his book bag and bedroom. I've even seen text messages where he is trying to trade some kind of pills for cans of chew.
Even though he is 17 and therefore not legally allowed to have tobacco products and we have told him he is not to have tobacco in the home he continues to leave it out openly in his room where he chews and then spits it out into various plastic beverage containers. Unfortunately, Fred doesn't want to fight about this everyday and so I am choosing to not make it a battle. I feel I can use it to demonstrate that if he can't follow a little rule how is he supposed to follow the big ones. And of course he is openly defying house rules.

Anyway, I can't help but wonder if he is doing the same thing as Herman. Sometimes I feel he doesn't look or act quite right but his excuse is that it's his legitimate medication and of course Fred goes along with that. And unfortunately I can't test him.

Rocco, thanks for the info on Dragonfly. I hadn't heard of it before but as Bam has tried acid in the past I wouldn't be surprised if he's tried this. At least I'll know what I'm looking at if I find it in his room.


Jessica said...

Wilma, I have to keep reminding myself that continual lying is paramount to addiction, making it impossible to believe anything that Herman says.

My only advice is to keep your eyes open, for I find behaviors to be the most accurate of subjective data, outside of actually finding the drugs and or paraphernalia. Do not rely on the so called spice screens, they are not all inclusive,inaccurate,and not to mention expensive. Plus they give the addict an additional sense of empowerment and "winning", when they test clean, which the majority do (and they know this).This then enables more spice using. I have found in my "research" that a broken up(not just lighter in color) THC line in a urine screen as a possible indicator of spice use. You have to have a period of abstinance, to get a baseline for what a clean test really looks like, so you can compare. For Herman he had really nice solid lines.But then again, that is just coming from me, and I am not ready to "publish" this as fact...yet.

Herman "mentioned", in one of his many optional stories, trading snuff to someone in the restroom during a recovery meeting for money. He said that their placement was not permitting snuff. It seems that it can be yet another means of bartering. I was surprised that Herman, a cigarette smoker, would now be chewing.He is 18, and can legally smoke. Once again, all very suspicious. I can't help but wonder if maybe the addicts know that WE are on to the whole smoking spice via cigarettes, and know what to look for ( adulterated or hand rolled cigarettes) Thus they decided to try and trip us up by using another less familiar route, snuff. Who really knows, but for our home that gig is up.

This spice and the other synthetic drugs are very dangerouus. The only thing we can do is continue working "undercover".

As a very wise PSST mom, Jane says, "YOU KNOW WHAT YOU KNOW"

Hang in there,



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