The Top Over-The-Counter Drugs in CANADA That Will Get You Higher Than Cannabis and what is in your drug policy testing for these!
While there are many illegal drugs much worse than marijuana or alcohol, what many don’t realize is just how many drugs are perfectly legal and obtainable over the counter, that are far stronger and more dangerous than the illegal ones. We speed millions of dollars, have hundreds of shall not posters, safety programs, policies and programs on all the SHALL NOT DRUGS at work, but never once say OH WHAT ABOUT THESE.
I for one will never say, yes to legalizing Cannabis, but as a safety professional, I am not an idiot in life and know that there are countless items that ANY WORKER can buy to become high or impaired in many forms and NEVER BE CONVICTED IN COURT or show up in a drug test at work. And what does your current drug policies state regarding the use of these TOP items, but please remember they are not limited too!
Diethyl Ether, more commonly just called Ether, is mainly used medically, as an anesthetic. The effect of ether was similar to alcohol, but it was cheaper, and allowed someone to sober up quicker, making it popular among those who didn’t have much money.
Codeine was originally the main active ingredient used for suppressing coughs; however, Codeine is a powerfully addictive substance. Dextromethorpan, more commonly known as DXM, was created to be a non-addictive replacement to Codeine. While DXM is not addictive, most cough syrups contain other ingredients, such as Acetaminophen or Guaifenesin, which are extremely dangerous when taken in large amounts.
Doxylamine, which often goes under the trade name Unisom, is an antihistamine. Normally, Doxylamine is used to treat allergies, and in some cases for its sedative effects, as a means to treat insomnia. It is sometimes mixed with Acetaminophen or Codeine, to be used as an analgesic.
Tramadol is not an opioid; however, it affects the brain in a very similar way. It acts as an analgesic, and has opiate agonist activity, which gives people a feeling similar to opioids, though it is not as strong. It is often abused by recovering addicts, or people looking for a more easily-obtainable high similar to heroin, or other synthetic opioids such as Vicodin.
Kava is an herb that comes from the Pacific Islands, where the islanders have been using it medicinally for a very long time. While low-to-moderate doses of Kava give one a sense of euphoria, relaxation, or general well-being, higher doses can cause hallucinations.
Kratom, referred to in scientific literature as Mitragyna Speciosa, is a plant native to Southeast Asia. It is currently unregulated, and can easily be bought at online or at certain “herbal supplement” stores. A few grams of this substance can give someone a high for two to three hours.
Diphenhydramine usually goes by the trade name Benadryl; it is marketed to deal mainly with allergies, but is also often used as a sedative when people are having trouble sleeping. It has some popularity among recreational drug users, due to its affect as a deliriant. When recreational users take a high dose, they can expect such symptoms as drowsiness, fatigue, disturbed coordination, dizziness, blurred vision, confusion, and hallucinations, which are somehow considered positive things by recreational users.
Dimenhydrinate is a drug that most of you probably know as Dramamine, and is mainly used to combat motion sickness. It is also a deliriant, and is popular among recreational drug users for the audio and visual hallucinations that it provides in high doses. Setting it apart from its cousin Diphenhydramine, it is reported to also have a euphoric effect, along with the hallucinations. It is not only abused by recreational users, but also by psychiatric patients, though in their case it is for self-treating anxiety and the like, not for recreation.
Propylhexedrine is the active drug in a nasal spray called Benzedrex, and it originally replaced amphetamine sulfate as the active ingredient years back due to abuse. Recreational users have been known to use some sort of extraction process to gain crystals from it, and it has hence earned the nickname “stove top speed,” due to the effect that it has on people.
Oxymetazoline is a drug used in a widely-used commercial nasal spray called Afrin. It does not have a particularly strong high, and is instead more likely to cause psychosis in those who use it, some of whom have reported recurring hallucinations. What makes this drug noteworthy is just how addicting it is. Doctors have found that those hooked on it simply cannot function without the drug. The packaging for Afrin tells you not to use the drug for more than a few days at a time; the reason for this is that, if used for too long, it actually causes the inner part of the nose to swell up.