LSD can distort perceptions of reality and produce hallucinations; the effects can be frightening and cause panic. It is sold as tablets, capsules, liquid, or on absorbent paper.
Street Names: Acid, blotter, dots
LSD produces unpredictable psychological effects, with “trips” lasting about 12 hours. With large enough doses, users experience delusions and hallucinations. Physical effects include increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure; sleeplessness; and loss of appetite.
Statistics and Trends:
In 2008, 802,000 Americans age 12 and older had abused LSD at least once in the year prior to being surveyed. Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Web Site). The NIDA-funded 2008 Monitoring the Future Study showed that 1.3% of 8th graders, 1.8% of 10th graders, and 2.7% of 12th graders had abused LSD at least once in the year prior to being surveyed. Source: Monitoring the Future (University of Michigan Web Site).
Source: The National Institute of Drug Abuse, 2010.