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Common drugs of abuse

Drugs of Abuse

There are a number of common drugs of abuse. A common drug of abuse is any drug that is used by a large percentage of the population. The most commonly used drugs of abuse today are THC, Methamphetamines, Cocaine, Opiates, PCP, MDMA, Amphetamines, Barbiturates and Nicotine. The chart below in not all inclusive, but represents the most common drugs of abuse. Drugs of Abuse Information includes synonyms, street names, trade names for prescription drugs, therapeutic drugs class, drug description, and drug/metabolite excretion information. The following specific drugs are discussed:

Category and Name
Examples of Commercial
and Street Names
DEA Schedule*
How Administered**
Intoxication Effects / Potential Health Consequences
Cannabinoids Euphoria, slowed thinking and reaction time, confusion, impaired balance and coordination/cough, frequent respiratory infections; impaired memory and learning; increased heart rate, anxiety; panic attacks; tolerance, addiction
Boom, chronic, gangster, hash, hash oil, hemp
I swallowed, smoked
Blunt, dope, ganja, grass, herb, joints, Mary Jane, pot, reefer, sinsemilla, skunk, weed I swallowed, smoked
Reduced anxiety; feeling of well-being; lowered inhibitions; slowed pulse and breathing; lowered blood pressure; poor concentration/fatigue; confusion; impaired coordination, memory, judgment; addiction; respiratory depression and arrest; death

Also, for barbiturates: sedation, drowsiness/depression, unusual excitement, fever, irritability, poor judgment, slurred speech, dizziness, life-threatening withdrawal

For benzodiazepines: sedation, drowsiness/dizziness

For flunitrazepam: visual and gastrointestinal disturbances, urinary retention, memory loss for the time under the drug's effects

For GHB: drowsiness, nausea/vomiting, headache, loss of consciousness, loss of reflexes, seizures, coma, death

For methaqualone: euphoria/depression, poor reflexes, slurred speech, coma

Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, Phenobarbital: barbs, reds, red birds, phennies, tooies, yellows, yellow jackets
II, III, V injected, swallowed
(other than flunitrazepam)
Ativan, Halcion, Librium, Valium, Xanax: candy, downers, sleeping pills, tranks
IV swallowed, injected
Rohypnol: forget-me pill, Mexican Valium, R2, Roche, roofies, roofinol, rope, rophies IV swallowed, snorted
Gamma - hydroxybutyrate: G, Georgia home boy, grievous bodily harm, liquid ecstasy
I swallowed
Quaalude, Sopor, Parest: ludes, mandrex, quad, quay
I injected, swallowed
Dissociative Anesthetics

Increased heart rate and blood pressure, impaired motor function/memory loss; numbness; nausea/vomiting

Also, for ketamine: at high doses, delirium, depression, respiratory depression and arrest

For PCP and analogs: possible decrease in blood pressure and heart rate, panic, aggression, violence/loss of appetite, depression

Ketalar SV: cat Valiums, K, Special K, vitamin K III injected, snorted, smoked
and analogs
Phencyclidine; angel dust, boat, hog, love boat, peace pill I, II injected, swallowed, smoked
Hallucinogens Altered states of perception and feeling; nausea; persisting perception disorder (flashbacks)

Also, Also for LSD and mescaline: increased body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure; loss of appetite, sleeplessness, numbness, weakness, tremors

For for LSD: persistent mental disorders for for psilocybin nervousness, paranoia

Lysergic acid diethylamide: acid, blotter, boomers, cubes, microdot, yellow sunshines I swallowed, absorbed through mouth tissues
Buttons, cactus, mesc, peyote I swallowed, smoked
Magic mushroom, purple passion, shrooms I swallowed
Opioids and Morphine Derivatives Pain relief, euphoria, drowsiness/nausea, constipation, confusion, sedation, respiratory depression and arrest, tolerance, addiction, unconsciousness, coma, death

Also, for codeine: less analgesia, sedation, and respiratory depression than morphine

For heroin: staggering gait

Empirin with Codeine, Fiorinal with Codeine, Robitussin A-C, Tylenol with Codeine: Captain Cody, schoolboy; (with glutethimide) doors & fours, loads, pancakes and syrup II, III, IV, V injected, swallowed
Fentanyl and fentanyl analogs
Actiq, Duragesic, Sublimaze: Apache, China girl, China white, dance fever, friend, goodfella, jackpot, murder 8, TNT, Tango and Cash I, II injected, smoked, snorted
Diacetyl - morphine: brown sugar, dope, H, horse, junk, skag, skunk, smack, white horse I injected, smoked, snorted
Roxanol, Duramorph: M, Miss Emma, monkey, white stuff II, III injected, swallowed, smoked
Laudanum, paregoric: big O, black stuff, block, gum, hop II, III, V swallowed, smoked
Oxycontin: Oxy, O.C., killer II swallowed, snorted, injected
Hydrocodone bitartrate, acetaminophen
Vicodin: vike, Watson-387 II swallowed
Stimulants Increased heart rate, blood pressure, metabolism; feelings of exhilaration, energy, increased mental alertness/rapid or irregular heart beat; reduced appetite, weight loss, heart failure, nervousness, insomnia

Also, for amphetamine: rapid breathing/tremor, loss of coordination; irritability, anxiousness, restlessness, delirium, panic, paranoia, impulsive behavior, aggressiveness, tolerance, addiction, psychosis

for cocaine: increased temperature/chest pain, respiratory failure, nausea, abdominal pain, strokes, seizures, headaches, malnutrition, panic attacks

for MDMA: mild hallucinogenic effects, increased tactile sensitivity, empathic feelings/impaired memory and learning, hyperthermia, cardiac toxicity, renal failure, liver toxicity

for methamphetamine: aggression, violence, psychotic behavior/memory loss, cardiac and neurological damage; impaired memory and learning, tolerance, addiction

for nicotine: additional effects attributable to tobacco exposure; adverse pregnancy outcomes; chronic lung disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, tolerance, addiction

Biphetamine, Dexedrine: bennies, black beauties, crosses, hearts, LA turnaround, speed, truck drivers, uppers II injected, swallowed, smoked, snorted
Cocaine hydrochloride: blow, bump, C, candy, Charlie, coke, crack, flake, rock, snow, toot II injected, smoked, snorted
Adam, clarity, ecstasy, Eve, lover's speed, peace, STP, X, XTC I swallowed
Desoxyn: chalk, crank, crystal, fire, glass, go fast, ice, meth, speed II injected, swallowed, smoked, snorted
Methylphenidate (safe and effective for treatment of ADHD)
Ritalin: JIF, MPH, R-ball, Skippy, the smart drug, vitamin R II injected, swallowed, snorted
Cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, snuff, spit tobacco, bidis, chew Not scheduled smoked, snorted, taken in snuff and spit tobacco
Other Compounds
Anadrol, Oxandrin, Durabolin, Depo-Testosterone, Equipoise: roids, juice III injected, swallowed, applied to skin No intoxication effects/hypertension, blood clotting and cholesterol changes, liver cysts and cancer, kidney cancer, hostility and aggression, acne; in adolescents, premature stoppage of growth; in males, prostate cancer, reduced sperm production, shrunken testicles, breast enlargement; in females, menstrual irregularities, development of beard and other masculine characteristics
Dextromethorphan (DXM)
Found in some cough and cold medications; Robotripping, Robo, Triple C Not scheduled swallowed Dissociative effects, distorted visual perceptions to complete dissociative effects/for effects at higher doses see 'dissociative anesthetics'
Solvents (paint thinners, gasoline, glues), gases (butane, propane, aerosol propellants, nitrous oxide), nitrites (isoamyl, isobutyl, cyclohexyl): laughing gas, poppers, snappers, whippets Not scheduled inhaled through nose or mouth Stimulation, loss of inhibition; headache; nausea or vomiting; slurred speech, loss of motor coordination; wheezing/unconsciousness, cramps, weight loss, muscle weakness, depression, memory impairment, damage to cardiovascular and nervous systems, sudden death

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* Schedule I and II drugs have a high potential for abuse. They require greater storage security and have a quota on manufacturing, among other restrictions. Schedule I drugs are available for research only and have no approved medical use; Schedule II drugs are available only by prescription (unrefillable) and require a form for ordering. Schedule III and IV drugs are available by prescription, may have five refills in 6 months, and may be ordered orally. Some Schedule V drugs are available over the counter.

** Taking drugs by injection can increase the risk of infection through needle contamination with staphylococci, HIV, hepatitis, and other organisms.

*** Associated with sexual assaults.