Signs of Hallucinogen Abuse
Extremely dilated pupils.
Warm skin, excessive perspiration and body odor.
Distorted sense of sight, hearing, touch; distorted image of self and time perception.
Mood and behavior changes, the extent depending on emotional state of the user and environmental conditions
Unpredictable flashback episodes even long after withdrawal (although these are rare).
Hallucinogenic drugs, which occur both naturally and in synthetic form, distort or disturb sensory input, sometimes to a great degree. Hallucinogens occur naturally in primarily two forms,
Hallucinogen usage reached a peak in the United States in the late 1960's, but declined shortly thereafter due to a broader awareness of the detrimental effects of usage. However, a disturbing trend indicating a resurgence in hallucinogen usage by high-school and college age persons nationwide has been acknowledged by law enforcement.
All hallucinogens seem to share common effects of use. Any portion of sensory perceptions may be altered to varying degrees. Synesthesia, or the "seeing" of sounds, and the "hearing" of colors, is a common side effect of hallucinogen use. Depersonalization, acute anxiety, and acute depression resulting in suicide have also been noted as a result of hallucinogen use
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