Drugs of Abuse

Drug Category Drugs Common Names Methods of Use Psychological/Physical Effects Long Term Effects Overdose
Cannabis Marijuana Weed, pot, grass, bud, joints, bong hits Smoked or ingested

Poor concentration

short-term memory loss

Anxiety

Increased appetite

Psychological addiction

 

Impaired memory

 

Low motivation

 

Lung or oral cancer

No single use of cannabis will cause overdose.  Damage occurs over time.

Hashish Hash, hash oil Smoked or ingested
Depressants Alcohol Beer, wine, distilled spirits Ingested

Disorientation

 

Poor coordination

 

Slurred speech

 

Headache

 

Nausea, vomiting and Diarrhea

 

Unconsciousness

 

Addiction

 

Sleep disturbances

 

Brain

damage

 

Heart disease

 

Liver disease

 

Cancers

 

Death

 

 

Unconsciousness

 

Slowed heart rate

 

Brain damage

 

Liver failure

 

Coma

 

Seizures

 

Death

Benzodiazepines Xanax, Valium, Halcion, BZDs, benzos Ingested
Barbiturates Luminal, Seconal, Barbs, downers Ingested
Rohypnol Roofies, forget-me-pill Ingested or Snorted
GHB (Gamma hydroxybutyrate) Grievous bodily harm, G, liquid x Ingested
Stimulants Cocaine/Crack Coke, blow, crack, rock Snorted, smoked, or injected

Increased alertness

 

False sense of power

 

Hallucinations (MDMA)

 

Itchy skin

 

Compulsive tooth grinding

 

Nausea

 

Insomnia

Addiction

 

Nasal damage (Cocaine)

 

Tooth decay

 

Heat stroke (MDMA)

 

Liver and kidney damage

 

Brain damage

 

Heart failure

Elevated body temperature

 

Dehydration (MDMA)

 

Hallucinations

 

Heart failure

 

Stroke

 

Death

Amphetamines Speed, uppers, cross-tops Ingested
Methamphetamine Meth, crystal, speed, crank, ice Snorted, smoked, or injected
MDMA (methylene dioxy methamphetamine) Ecstasy, X, XTC, the club drug, the love drug, rolls, Adam, the hug drug, lovers' speed Ingested
Nicotine Cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, snuff, spit tobacco, bidis, chew smoked, snorted, taken in snuff and spit tobacco  

Adverse pregnancy outcomes

 

Chronic lung disease

 

Cardiovascular disease

 

Stroke

 

Cancer

 

Tolerance

 

Addiction

 

 

Narcotics Heroin Dope, smack, stuff, horse, junk Injected, snorted, or smoked

Confusion

 

Drowsiness

 

Blocked pain messages

 

Slowed breathing and heart rates

 

Nausea and vomiting

 

Itching

 

Constipation

 

 

Addiction

 

Insomnia

 

Arthritis

 

Increased risk of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis

 

Possible death

Loss of consciousness

 

Tremors

 

Slow, shallow breathing

 

Clammy skin

 

Convulsions

 

Coma

 

Death

Morphine Roxanol, Duramorph, M, Miss Emma Injected, ingested, or smoked
Prescription Pain Relievers Vicodin, codeine, Percodan, Demerol, OxyContin, ocy, ocycotton, perks, hillbilly heroin Injected, ingested, or smoked
Hallucinogens LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) Acid, microdot, blotter, tabs Ingested

Sensing imaginary things

 

Anxiety

 

Nausea

 

Sense of indestructibility (PCP)

 

Chills and sweating

 

Trembling

 

Elevated body temperature

Depression

 

Memory loss (PCP)

 

Speech difficulties (PCP)

 

Flashbacks

 

Violence

 

Psychosis

 

Amnesia

Depression

 

Irrational behavior

 

Violence

 

Psychosis

 

Delirium

 

Amnesia

Ketamine Special K, vitamin K, cat tranquilizers Ingested, snorted, or injected
Mescaline/Peyote Buttons Ingested
PCP (Phencyclidine) PCP, angel dust, super weed, killer weed Ingested, smoked, or injected
Psilocybin/Psilocyn Mushrooms Mushrooms, shrooms Ingested
Inhalants Adhesives, solvents, aerosol sprays, medical gases Poppers, snappers, huffing, glue, laughing gas, rush Sniffing or inhaling

Headaches

 

Nausea and vomiting

 

Red or blistered nose and mouth

 

Limb spasms

 

Lost control of bladder and bowels

Damaged senses

 

Muscle weakness

 

Nerve damage

 

Blood disease

 

Damage to brain, liver, and kidneys

Death by asphyxiation/suffocation

 

Death by sudden heart failure

Anabolic Steroids Anadrol, Depo-Testosterone, Equipoise, and many others Roids, juice, sauce, slop, gym candy, stacking Injected, ingested, or applied to skin

Poor concentration

 

Aggression

 

Acne and rashes

 

Headaches

 

Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea

 

Bone pain and muscle cramps

Aggression

 

Poor blood clotting

 

Heart attacks

 

Liver and kidney cancer

 

Stunted growth

 

Deformed genitals

Swelling

 

Elevated blood pressure

 

Convulsions