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Marijuana

Marijuana leaves

Marijuana What is it? Marijuana is the dried leaves and flowers of the hemp (cannabis) plant. Slang Terms: Grass, dank, bud, zig zag, hydro, cannabis, bud, smoke, chronic, herb, reefer, pot, weed, ganja, dope, mary jane, skunk Intoxicated Terms: High, loaded, baked, roasted, buzzed, or stoned How is it used? Dried leaves are hand-rolled into…Read More

Amphetamines

Amphetamines pills

Amphetamines What is it? Several similar drugs are included in this prescription stimulant drug category. Referred to as psychostimulants, they stimulate the central nervous system. Brands such as Benzedrine, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Provigil are used to treat conditions like extreme obesity and narcolepsy (excessive daytime sleepiness). When these drugs are abused, they are often stolen, traded…Read More

Barbiturates

Barbiturates pills

Barbiturates What is it? Barbiturates belong to a class of prescription hypnotic-sedative depressants that affect the central nervous system. They have widely been replaced by different drugs because they are dangerous in higher doses and can be both physically and psychologically addictive. However, they still are used commonly to treat forms of epilepsy. Commonly-abused barbiturates…Read More

Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines pills

Benzodiazepines What is it? This family of depressants affects the central nervous system and is widely prescribed for the treatment of insomnia, anxiety, and prevention of seizures and muscle spasms. Most patients use it as prescribed, but adolescents and young people who abuse these drugs are seeking a “high.” Physical dependence can be caused by…Read More

Cocaine

Cocaine with razor blade

Cocaine What is it? Cocaine is a potent, addictive stimulant that directly affects the brain and central nervous system. This crystal powder is manufactured from the coca leaf. In its pure form, cocaine is a chemical known as cocaine hydrochloride. Crack cocaine is cocaine that has been cooked down with baking soda to form ammonia…Read More

Ecstasy/MDMA

Ecstasy, or MDMA pills

Ecstasy/MDMA What is it? Ecstasy, or MDMA, is a 3-4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine, which is both a stimulant and a hallucinogenic or psychedelic drug. Ecstasy is a notorious rave and club drug that produces an intense high, unbounded energy, and usually, feelings of happiness. It also increases sensory and sexual pleasure. MDMA is a white powder that…Read More

Methadone

Methadone vile and needles

Methadone What is it? Methadone is a prescription narcotic used in the treatment of opiate addiction. Methadone blocks the euphoric effects of heroin, reduces craving and suppresses withdrawal effects for more than 24 hours. Methadone is sometimes diverted from its legitimate use, sold on the illegal market, and used as a drug of abuse. Slang…Read More

Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine or Meth pills

Methamphetamine What is it? Methamphetamine or Meth is a powerful addictive stimulant that is similar to adrenaline, and dramatically affects the central nervous system. The fact that it is widely manufactured from inexpensive ingredients in simple labs, often homebased, contributes to its widespread use. Toxic ingredients such as battery acid and drain cleaner are also…Read More

Opiates

Opiates in different forms

Opiates What is it? An opiate is a drug derived from the opium plant. The main opiates are morphine, codeine, and heroin. Opiates are also referred to as narcotics. Narcotic addicts, when faced with shortages in their supply, often substitute various narcotic drugs for others. Heroin is the most widely-abused illicit narcotic in the U.S.…Read More

Phencyclidine (PCP)

Phencyclidine/PCP and needles

Phencyclidine (PCP) What is it? Phencyclidine or PCP is an illegally produced hallucinogen that began as a surgical anesthetic in the 1950’s but was removed from the market in 1965 because patients suffered hallucinations and delirium while recuperating. PCP is also used as a veterinary drug and is sometimes diverted from that use as a…Read More

Tricyclic Antidepressants

Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) pills

Tricyclic Antidepressants What is it? Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) are prescription drugs used specifically to treat depression and chronic pain. TCAs are not considered addictive. How is it used? TCAs are available in tablet and liquid forms to be taken orally and also in a liquid to be given intravenously. Sign of usage: Drowsiness, dry mouth,…Read More

Oxycodone

Oxycodone pills

Oxycodone What is it? Oxycodone is a prescription narcotic in the opiate class of drugs that is used medically for pain relief. Slang Terms: Hillbilly heroin, oxycotton, oxy, OC, killers How is it used? The drug can be ingested, snorted, injected, or smoked. Sign of usage: The user displays droopy eyelids, constricted pupils and sluggish,…Read More