What is the Black Beauty Drug?
. A 2012 study showed that from the more than 10,000 teens sampled in the survey, 4 out of 5 of them had drank alcohol and a disturbing 2/5 people had used illegal drugs. The subjects also indicated that all but a handful had the opportunity to try drugs at some point.
These numbers should be disturbing to any parent, because if you looked at your son or daughter, with four of his or her friends standing next to them, odds are very good that two out of those five people have at least tried drugs, and it is almost a certainty that they were all offered drugs. Among these is a very dangerous drug called “Black Beauty.”
Since there is apparently a pact between teens to keep parents out of the loop on drug information, this guide will tell you everything you wanted to know about Black Beauty drug, and some things you probably didn’t.
What Exactly Are Black Beauties?
Kids are always looking for over the counter drugs that get you high, but there is a reason that they are sold over the counter. Many turn to illicit sources, where the hard drugs can be found. You might not think your kid is into the hard stuff, but if he or she is doing “Black Beauties” then your child may be addicted to amphetamines, which is also known as speed, mixed with an active ingredient in Adderall. These designer drugs are dangerous and this particular speed drug is so scary because they used to be legal and marketed as diet pills. Eventually, they were made illegal and for good reason – people were losing weight, but they were also dying from accidental overdose all the time.
History of The Black Beauties Drug
The original Black Beauty drug started out as an over the counter drug that was used as a diet pill, a device to help truck drivers and soldiers stay awake. They were manufactured during the 1960’s by Strasenburg Labs in New York.
The basic pill consisted mainly of powerful amphetamines that stimulates the nervous system and keeps the user awake, speeds up his or her metabolism and suppresses the appetite, which is why they were so effective as a diet pill. However, they were made illegal and pulled off of the market eventually.
What’s Really Inside These Black Beauty pills?
Over the counter drug abuse has become so prevalent among teens that stores have to follow strict regulations on selling over the counter drugs to get high potentially – such as cold and allergy medications. For example, the person buying it must be at least 18 years old, and the store must not sell you more than a certain number of boxes per year.
Until 1989, you could purchase black beauties in much the same way as you might purchase Sudafed today, but with a number of potentially serious side effects. Black beauties are amphetamine stimulants and so they have the same side effects, listed below.
- Headaches are common
- Nervousness, jittery feeling, feeling anxious
- Euphoria (The main reason people use amphetamines)
- Possible increase of heart rate and blood pressure
- Restlessness, physical tremors
The makeup of the Black Beauty drug in diet pill form includes biphetamine, which is one of the amphetamines in the drug. The other is dextroamphetamine. Amphetamines do have their uses – as they are used to treat ADHD and sometimes, in extreme cases, obesity.
How is My Child Getting Black Beauties?
The amphetamine known as “Black Beauty” is not legal or legitimately manufactured by any pharmaceutical companies. “Black Beauties” were completely removed from the market because they were so dangerous. Patients reported some very dangerous side effects, including stroke, long-term insomnia, rapid heart rate or irregular heart rate, seizures and even death with the drug.
If your child is getting them, they are receiving them illegally, which could be a felony depending upon the amount. Plus, it is almost impossible to tell what they are actually getting when someone is manufacturing the drug in their basement without a lab or the proper chemical or knowledge. There could be anything in the “black beauties” that your child is taking. The street price for this drug is usually around $20 a dose.
How to Find Out If Your Child is Taking These or Other Drugs
This is the most difficult part of the equation, because it is difficult to find out for sure, and it is almost impossible to find out without confronting your child directly. They do sell over the counter drug test kits if you suspect that your child is on drugs. Once you have determined that this is the case, you should speak to an addiction counselor about what next steps you should take. There are toll-free numbers you can call to speak to someone 24 hours a day.
Other Concerns You Should be Aware of
Normally, teens do not start using illegal drugs without a good reason. In the case of “black beauties” your teen may have heard of the drug’s ability to speed up metabolism and cause weight loss and used the drug because they aren’t pleased with their body.
Another reason that teens sometimes begin taking illegal drugs is that they are “self medicating” for a chemical imbalance or other problem. If you suspect that your child may have a mental illness such as ADHD, depression or anxiety, there are medications and therapies that are low risk. However, you will need to have your teen screened by a mental health professional.
As a parent, you can only do so much to teach your children the danger of drugs, and then help them through it if they do start using. But the important thing is to be there for them the entire time