LSD (Acid)-Fast facts for workers
Acid, trips, tabs-LSD is known by many names and is synonymous with stories past decades. It is still commonly used (relative to other illegal drugs) and so is a relevant drug for youth workers to know and understand.
LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is an illegal hallucinogen commonly referred to as ‘acid’.
Acid, window, trips, tripper, tab, stars, smilies, rainbows, paper mushrooms, micro-dot, Lucy, liquid acid, lightning flash, L, hawk, flash, drop, dots, cheer, blotter.
HOW COMMON IS USAGE?
In 2013, 9.4 per cent of Australians aged over 14 years had used hallucinogens other than cannabis and ecstasy (National Drug Strategy Household Survey, 2013).
Tiny squares of paper decorated with pictures, liquid in a vial, or a pellet.
Swallowed or absorbed through the skin.
Distortion of objects and reality, including visual and auditory hallucinations. A trip can be good or bad – it may conjure a sense of relaxation and happiness or agitation and panic. Effects are felt within 20 minutes to two hours, and can last between six and 12 hours.
If someone is having a bad trip, take them to a quiet, comfortable area, stay with them, and reassure them. LSD is also known to exacerbate mental health conditions.
Not commonly mixed, but combining drugs will likely increase effects.
SOME COMMON HARM REDUCTION STRATEGIES
Encourage a young person to: -
- avoiding taking multiple tabs, especially if they are unsure if they are taking real LSD or not.
- plan their “recovery time” after their trip
- understand the risks involved in mixing other drugs and alcohol, including prescription medication.
- If a young person is experiencing a “bad trip” take them to a quiet room and stay with them until they are calm
- See more Universal Harm Reduction Strategies
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