Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)

Sarah Gavin

What is this drug?

Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, (LSD), is a psychedelic drug known for its physiological effects. LSD is not addictive, and it is a hallucinogen. This means that the drug causes hallucinations.

Slang Terms

Slang terms that LSD is referred to as are

1. Acid

2. Dots

3. Mellow Yellow

Effects and dangers of the drug

- Distorts shapes and sizes of objects, colors, and sounds

- Acute anxiety and depression

- Flashbacks days and months after

- Elevated heart rate

- Dilated pupils

- Higher body temp and increased blood pressure

Statistics

1. In 2008, there were 800,000 people ages 12 to 16 using LSD

2. In this same year, 1/15 of these teens were recorded using the drug more than once

3. in 2009, usage rates dropped to 799,000

4. 12.1 young adults have used LSD in their lifetime

5. 4.3 percent of sexual assaults take place when a victim is using LSD

6. More than 3 million people over of age of twelve to twenty-five used LSD in 2008

7. 2/3 of the users of LSD say they were beaten as children

8. LSD addiction costs Americans over 484 billion dollars a year

Advice

LSD is not an addicting drug, but any frug is not good for you. It could lead to abuse, sexual abuse, or death. When LSD is in your system, sometimes you can go on "bad trips." These are just situations that a person without LSD in their system wouldn't choose to be in the position. My advice would be to stay away from this drug.

Questions from original handout

Q- What should I do if I am offered drugs? How can I deal with peer pressure?

A- When you are offered drugs and know it;s the wrong thing to do, you have to be the person you know you are and do your absolute best to prevent yourself from taking them. When you are faced with peer pressure, stand up for yourself or make excuses to leave the situation.


Q- What do I do if I hear kids are doing drugs in my school?

A- As a member in EDGE, I know to notify an adult because it's more of a teacher to student situation rather than student to student. These types of events could affect the whole school, though so I would advise to notify an adult.