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- Learn the List: Drugs A-Z
Find information on more than 150 abused substances, covering everything from alcohol to prescription medications and illicit street drugs.Read More
- Get the Facts on Substance Abuse
Learn more about how to identify and cope with drug addiction, and find out how you can help a loved one or yourself start down the path to recovery.Read More
- Get the Facts on Alcohol Abuse:
The most readily available, socially acceptable form of abuse comes from alcohol. It can also be one of the most destructive and hardest to leave behind.Read More
- Cocaine (Coke)
Cocaine is a stimulant drug and is very addictive. The three routes of administration for cocaine are snorting, injecting, and smoking. It stimulates the brain by releasing dopamine, which causes the user to feel pleasure.
- Crack Cocaine
- Crack Cocaine
Crack cocaine is freebase cocaine. It produces an immediate high and is considered a highly addictive stimulant. Crack cocaine can produce psychological effects that include intense feelings of euphoria, increased energy, insomnia, paranoia, and more.
- Crystal Meth(Speed)
- Crystal Meth
Crystal Meth is one of the street names for methamphetamine. It is a powerful stimulant that speeds up the central nervous system and the effects can last from 6-12 hours depending on the method of use.
- MDMA (Ecstasy)
Ecstasy is the street name for the drug MDMA. MDMA is a synthetic psychoactive drug that induces feelings of euphoria, increased energy, and emotional warmth in the user. It is taken orally as a capsule or tablet.
GHB, which is short for gamma hydroxybutyrate, is a pharmacological substance that was approved to treat narcolepsy. The odorless powder or liquid is often used illegally for intoxication, as it affects the brain's GABA receptors and depresses the central nervous system.
Heroin is an addictive recreational drug known to induce feelings of intense relaxation and euphoria. It is an opioid derived from morphine, which is derived from the opium poppy. Heroin can be injected, smoked, snorted, or taken orally.
- Inhalants (Poppers)
An inhalant is a chemical vapor that is inhaled through the mouth or nose. It can be classified as volatile solvents, gases, aerosol sprays, and nitrites. The effects of inhalants range from an alcohol-like intoxication and intense euphoria to vivid hallucinations.
- Ketamine (Special-K)
Originally developed as a general anesthetic, ketamine is a form of PCP. Ketamine causes its user to have a dissociative experience from his surroundings and himself. In controlled mediums, the drug is also used as an anesthetic for humans and animals.
- LSD (Acid)
LSD is the abbreviation for lysergic acid diethylamide. LSD, or acid as it is usually called, is a drug that causes several psychological effects including hallucinations. It isn't addictive and is commonly taken orally, via things like sugar cubes or blotter paper.
- Marijuana (Weed)
Marijuana, also called cannabis, is a psychoactive drug that is most often smoked. The chemical compound tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly referred to as THC, is the major psychoactive element of cannabis. Marijuana is controversially used to treat some common medical conditions.
Methamphetamine is a drug that stimulates the central nervous system. Users experience intense euphoria and take methamphetamine by snorting, smoking, or injecting the drug. It is a white, odorless, bitter chemical that can dissolve easily.
- Mushrooms (Shrooms)
Mushrooms, often called Magic Mushrooms, are a specific strain of fungi that contain the hallucinogens psilocybin. It causes a distortion of the senses, which can be pleasurable or terrifying, when the mushroom is consumed whole or brewed into tea.
Prescription Drug Abuse is On the Rise - Get the Facts
The abuse of prescription drugs is a national crisis - one that has state and federal government agencies scrambling yet making scant progress in curtailing. In the last ten years, stimulant prescriptions have seen an increase from 5 million to 45 million, while opiate/opioid prescriptions grew from 30 million to 180 million. Barbiturates and benzodiazepines ("benzos") have also seen dramatic and frightening swells in abuse. The increased availability of these drugs, coupled with general misperceptions regarding the safety of "doctor-prescribed" medications, has led to exponential growth of drug users, as well as drug abusers.