When LSD use spreads among a group of friends or through a neighborhood, whole communities feel the impact. A potent hallucinogenic drug, LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) distorts a person’s ability to make rational decisions. In a group setting, the drug contributes to added danger as one person’s unpredictable reaction to the drug spills over to affect everyone around him.
LSD Use in America
Around 287,000 people over the age of 12 used LSD in 2014; 18- to 24-year-olds use the drug at the highest rate, with around 0.3 percent of that population reporting use in 2014. LSD use remains relatively stable, with statistics showing about the same rate of use over the past 10 years.
LSD’s widespread popularity began in the 1960’s after people who experimented with the drug in lab settings began promoting it to college students and other communities. Early promoters said LSD offered a way to find enlightenment and enhance creativity. By 1967, reports of serious consequences and violent episodes associated with LSD led to the drug’s classification as a Schedule 1 drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Schedule 1 drugs are illegal.
While LSD is not physically addictive, it can be psychologically addictive. A person who relies on LSD to escape reality or decompress from a stressful day, ignores responsibilities and experiences trouble with relationships, employment or the legal system.
How LSD Affects Communities
Drug use, including LSD use, affects all communities, even communities falling outside the stereotypical image of heavy drug use, like the suburbs and small towns. When people in a community experience drug use, there are social, economic and public health issues.
While disadvantaged, urban communities experience more crime related to drug use; the problem is mainly due to the number of dealers working in the community. People from all economic classes buy from dealers working out of these poorer communities, propping up the illicit drug market and creating further problems for the neighborhoods.
Wealthier, non-urban areas still feel the impact of drug use. A person who spends most of his time taking LSD or finding more LSD supports a chain reaction of problems. He’s unable to work reliably or take care of family responsibilities, and he’s at risk of getting arrested or having other legal troubles. These issues affect his family and the community leading to lost wages, emotional issues and general instability.
Consequences of Living with LSD Use
LSD users rely on underground dealers and buyers to get their drugs. These illegal drug deals are dangerous and put everyone at risk of violence or arrest; the situation is even more serious if young children are present.People who live in communities with illicit drug traffic feel worried and may move out to protect themselves and their families or withdraw indoors to avoid risky situations on the street.4
When people in the community use LSD and other hallucinogens, the chances of seeing a person experiencing a paranoid hallucination or bad trip are high. These trips make people violent or unpredictable, disturbing neighborhoods in ways that can harm users and others. The drug’s side effects also bring on irrational actions, panic attacks and disturbing and unreal beliefs. These visions and beliefs destroy the quality of life of those in the community, especially if people worry what will happen at their doorsteps.2
All sorts of accidents are possible in a community with heavy LSD and other drug use. People under the influence who choose to drive may hit other cars, children or objects, which can cause damage or death. LSD also may end up in the hands of children and young teens if left unattended or misplaced, leading to accidental ingestion by people unaware of the drug’s power. Property damage, break-ins and crime are more common in areas with drug use; plus families are at greater risk due to erratic behavior in the neighborhood.
Help for LSD Addictions
LSD addiction affects not only users, but also everyone around them. Crime, addiction, drug deals and bad trips impact neighbors and young children in many negative ways. If you or a loved one struggles with LSD addiction, our admissions coordinators can help. Call our toll-free, 24-hour helpline right now to get the information you need to recover your community from LSD abuse.
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Saxe, L., Kadushin, C., Beveridge, A., Livert, D., Tighe, E., Rindskopf, D., Ford, J., Brodsky, A. (2001). The Visibility of Illicit Drugs: Implications for Community-Based Drug Control Strategies. American Journal of Public Health. Retrieved Aug. 29, 2016 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1446920/.