What is Hallucinogen Abuse?
Hallucinogens are a class of drugs used to enhance or alter mood, perceptions, and emotions. A common misconception is that these drugs cause hallucinations (such false ideas or beliefs), when in reality these substances are known to cause a change in thought and mood.
Today, hallucinogens are being abused by individuals as young as 12 years old. These agents are quite common among high school and college students due to their mind-altering effects. However, they come with serious side effects and potential risk of addiction. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 229,000 Americans ages 12 and older reported current (past-month) use of LSD and 33,000 reported current use of PCP (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2013).