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What drugs on the street are high school and college kids doing in 2022?

It’s hard to believe, but the end of 2022 is just around the corner. By this time, high school and college kids have been doing drugs that are very different from ten or even a couple of years ago.

In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the drugs that are popular among young people in 2022. We will also discuss the dangers of these drugs and how you can be proactive in terms of awareness as well as what help can look like.

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Synthetic drugs, such as Spice and K2, are popular among high school and college kids in 2022. These drugs mimic the effects of marijuana and cannabis but can have much stronger and more unpredictable effects. They can cause hallucinations, anxiety, paranoia, and even death.

Other drugs that could become increasingly popular include hallucinogens like LSD (acid) and MDMA (ecstasy). LSD is known for its mind-altering effects, while ecstasy produces feelings of euphoria. Both drugs carry a high risk of addiction, mental health problems, and physical harm.

High school and college students will continue to abuse prescription drugs in 2022. Drugs such as codeine cough syrup, Adderall, and Xanax can be obtained without a prescription and offer intense highs that can become highly addictive.

Finally, drugs such as cocaine and heroin could become more popular among high school and college kids in 2022. Cocaine is an addictive stimulant drug, while heroin is an opioid. Both drugs carry a risk of addiction, overdose, and death.

It’s important to understand the drugs that young people may be using in 2022 so you can have conversations with loved ones with a level of awareness and expectation.

Make sure they are educated about the risks associated with these drugs so they know how to make safe choices when it comes to using drugs, however, when there is a lack of trust, it is crucial to learn how to build that before making it about substance use disorders. Regularly monitoring their activities online or talking with them about drugs can also help keep them away from dangerous substances, but most importantly, to have a relationship with loved ones or family to not see it as a moral failing but as a variable or topic so that one can be there when someone reaches out. If you or someone you love are showing signs of a substance use disorder, we recommend beginning the journey by getting support for the parents or family. The stigma of believing it is ones fault may limit asking for help, but just opening up is the first step towards letting external help come in. It helps to understand the emotional impact before intervening or setting boundaries at home. Going to Alanon or an open 12 step meeting can help hear other family member experiences and libraries or Amazon may have great reads on how to begin the journey of help.

By Jace I.

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