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Captagon, a drug ISIS abuses to be ‘super soldiers’

Captagon, a drug ISIS abuses to be ‘super soldiers’

02 November | 0 Comments | By Rachael

The worldwide network of illicit drug trafficking is widening at a rapid pace by overcoming all kinds of frontiers. Given the incredible increase, the number of illegal drug abuse has reached new heights. As per the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the illicit drug trade in the United States is worth up to $143 billion per annum.

Furthermore, as much as $125.5 billion of this amount is retained within the country. Besides, a number of illegal drug manufacturing factories have mushroomed in a number of new countries to fulfil the growing demand. As a result, countries like Brazil and Argentina now have per capita drug consumption on parity with the U.S.

Drug abuse continues to exact a significant toll on human lives in terms of productivity and loss of life. According to the latest statistics, approximately 28.6 million people aged 12 and above were the current illicit drug users in 2016. In recent times, a host of synthetic illicit drugs and their derivatives, such as flakka, phenethylamine, tryptamine, Spice, krokodil, etc., have further added to the burden by adversely affecting the lives of millions of teenagers, adolescents, pregnant women and veterans. Captagon is one such illicit drug that is being billed as a drug responsible for fueling war in Syria.

Secret behind the rise of super soldiers

Besides arms and ammunition, another powerful weapon heavily misused for usurping power is drugs. Historically, drugs like methamphetamine has been secretly creating super soldiers since centuries. The subsequent evidences of blood tests from the battlefields have illustrated the use of drugs like cocaine, amphetamines, steroids, opioids, etc. to enhance the capabilities and performance of soldiers.

The records of the Blitzkrieg invasion revealed the use of the stimulant “Pervertin” by the Nazi soldiers to feel euphoric and stay awake on the battleground. The Vietnam War was another classic war that redefined the use of drugs.

On the same lines, Captagon, one of the brand names for the drug compound fenethylline hydrochloride, debuted in 1961 as an associate of amphetamine. The drug came to limelight as the “pill for creating Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) super soldiers.” Besides belonging to the class of amphetamines, the manmade drug is related to natural neurotransmitters like dopamine and epinephrine.

Captagon, breaks down into amphetamine upon consumption in the body, as well as to naturally occurring molecule theophylline that possesses cardiac-stimulating activities. Since amphetamines increases alertness, concentration and performance, Captagon gives militants the physical energy required to continue fighting. By surging the feeling of “extreme and unconquerable power” and no fear in users, it became the driving force behind the Syrian war.

Though its derivative was prescribed to treat narcolepsy and depression, the addictive characteristics of Captagon outweigh its advantages. Therefore, the drug was banned in most countries. The long-term users are also known to suffer from severe side effects, such as major depression, sleep deprivation, heart and blood vessel toxicity, and malnutrition.

Terrorist organizations reckon drugs and hallucinogens to turn militants into suicide bombers for conducting mass murder. Before leaving on missions, most suicide bombers have accounted the details of injecting such drugs that lead to red eyes and a distinctive look of confusion. Several experts have highlighted such drugs help in triggering a calm state among the bombers before carrying out an attack. Upon consumption, terrorists achieve a mentally absent but alert state.

Road to recovery

Drug abuse and dependency is a serious threat that affects the socioeconomic growth of the society. Overall, substance abuse has reached an alarming stage due to an unprecedented increase in the use of illicit drugs over the years.  Besides being responsible for large-scale wars at the world level, such drugs are also misused by the common masses, such as students for performing well in exams, women for losing weight, office goers for performing well, etc.

Though one may start as an experiment, prolonged use of these drugs can cause a lot of problem in breaking the relationship. However, with proper guidance and treatment, one can successfully walk away from such life-disruptive practices. If you or your loved one is suffering from substance abuse, it’s high time to consult a practitioner. The Detox Facilities Texas can help in accessing the best rapid detox centers in Texas. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-671-4308 or chat online to know more about the detox centers in Texas.