For some families, their first discovery that a loved one is using drugs is an all-out battle with someone who’d previously been calm and friendly. Without knowing that drugs are behind the aggressive tirade they’re witnessing, it’s a terrifying experience. The person often becomes violent putting others around him at risk. Police may be called, the drug user may be arrested or thrown out of the house.
If the angry aggression is severe enough to send the person into a breakdown, he (or she) may end up in the emergency room. Most people in this condition are unable to tell doctors what they have taken so medical staff have to guess, a risky tactic when they are trying to save the person’s life.
And these problems most often trace back to a small bag of whitish powder or crystals. Sometimes they are purchased from a drug dealer or they might come from China or Poland via an underground website.
The real danger of a drug that can make someone severely aggressive and angry is that some of them can also put a person into a physical meltdown that can result in death. Or they could become angry at the wrong person and find themselves on the receiving end of an assault.
Stimulants are Most Frequently the Culprits
The various stimulant drugs, especially when taken heavily or on a long binge, can bring about paranoia or hallucinations. When they do, the drug user may feel the need to strike out at those around him, just for his own protection. It’s common that he’ll think that people are trying to harm him or that cars are following him or that there are evil people living in his walls or television. He may finally crash after being up for days, but if he has more of the drug, he’s likely to start right up again when he wakes up. Stimulant drugs are very highly addictive for most users.
This class of drugs includes:
- Crack cocaine
- Methamphetamine and amphetamine
- Bath Salts like mephedrone, MDPV or methylone
- Spice, also known as synthetic marijuana
Drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine or amphetamine usually cause these dangerous effects after long binges or heavy, chronic use. Bath salts or spice can cause problems at any time.
Hallucinogens and Other Drugs Can Also be Dangerous
PCP and LSD are hallucinogens which means that they can cause a person to get aggressive if their hallucination scares them. PCP is more known for causing dangerous aggression. PCP also deadens pain which means some people on PCP will not stop attacking even when wounded.
Ecstasy has been known to occasionally cause paranoia and panic attacks that could cause person to become aggressive.
And while marijuana is normally associated with a sedated effect, it can cause some people to experience aggressive outbursts or even periods of psychosis. A study in the Netherlands showed that this behavior was associated with frequent and heavy use.
A New Drug on the Scene – Flakka
In 2014, a new drug began to be seized in Florida and a few other places in the US. It’s a synthetic that until recently could be purchased legally. The very long technical name for the drug is α-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone but it’s usually called alpha-PVP. It may be sold as a whitish or tan powder similar to cocaine, or in a rough rock form. A year ago, this drug was being called Gravel. Now it’s called Flakka. It’s been associated with hallucinations and aggressive, angry behavior.
One of the possible results of using Flakka is a state called “excited delirium.” In this situation, a person acts violent, agitated and paranoid. He overheats so severely that his organs break down which results in death.
There are no safe stimulants or synthetics. With synthetics or any illicit drug, there’s no way of knowing what you’ll get when you receive your bag of drugs. Flakka, for example, usually contains alpha-PVP but could also contain cocaine or methamphetamine.
If you need to learn more about these dangerous synthetics, you can find a wealth of information here, along with suggestions on how to help someone who is using or prevent someone from ever starting: http://www.narconon.org/drug-abuse/synthetics/
If you need help knowing what to do for someone you care about who is abusing prescription drugs or using illicit drugs or too much alcohol, check out our Family Help Guide. It’s all here, all in one place, from determining what drug they are using to making a decision about what rehab to choose.
Knowledge is essential to avoid the serious problems that can result from using these drugs that can make you aggressive, angry and completely out of control.