A year after they arrived in Hungary with a bang, so-called “designer drugs” are now a staple of life in some of the country’s schools. According to a survey by Pécs’ Fact Institute, there are now eight different types of such drugs on the local market, including several based on the best-known variant, mephedrone, which was banned on January 1. They are particular popular in vocational schools in the country’s south, where students use them not only at parties but during school hours.
Researchers said they could not estimate the total number of users. But their data showed that not only has a significant percentage of secondary school students taken up the designer drug fashion, some in the final year of elementary school – generally, 14-years-olds – are already enthusiastic users. Which is more than a bit disturbing when combined with the finding that the drugs are so “popular” that young female users are known to pay for them with sex. Ick. [Index.hu]