|Abstract:||Since I attended a student exchange in Berlin, I will explore and compare two user groups of “designer drugs”, also commonly known as “dance drugs”. The groups are split into Slovenian and German group. The objective of this dissertation is to alert the public and raise awareness about the dangers of the “dance drugs”, to investigate the consequences of long-term use of these drugs, to draw attention to a moderate use and make a comparison between the two user groups, Slovenian and German group based on two criterias; how the drugs are used and how the two groups can be compared by the cultural perception between the two groups. In the theoretical part of this dissertation, I will discuss the types of the most widespread drugs. Furthermore, I will investigate in more detail some of the “dance drugs” and their effects on human well-being. In the research part of this dissertation, we conducted two interviews with the users of “dance drugs” from Germany and Slovenia, compared the answers and searched for the common denominators and identify the most obvious deviations in their perceptions about the drug-use and other related issues between the two groups. Drugs have always been present in cultures around the world. Our ancestors used psychedelic had often practiced drugs in their rituals, as they believed they connected them and brought them to their God(s) more easily. In South America for example, the indigenous people chewed coca leaves. Nowadays, in times of economic and social instability and crisis, many people resort to the use of illegal or legal substances, whether it be tobacco, alcohol, drugs or illicit drugs. In order to escape the reality of modern fast-paced lifestyle, world and not to face the facts or help in everyday life. In today's times it is morally misleading to take a tablet to help us fall asleep or help us lose weight.
Since the 1980s (the beginning of the modern "rave” subculture), the average age of drug users has been decreasing. More and more young users and illegal substances are more easily accessible to the public than they were years ago. New and uncharted drugs, which
contain impurities and other harmful substances, are constantly appearing on the market. Users being unaware of their consequences are exposed to the consequences, which can lead to health problems and psychological problems (paranoia, depression, anxiety, etc.), in more extreme cases, even severe long-term consequences (chronic paranoia, chronic depression, schizophrenia, ...) or in the most tragic cases even death.|