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Drugs & Alcohol

Types of Drugs

Alcohol | Tobacco | E-CigarettesMarijuana | Ecstasy | Inhalants | Cough Medicine | Methamphetamine | Amphetamine | Prescription Drugs | Rohypnol

AlcoholAlcohol is a depressant that is sold as beer, wine or liquor. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, one in two teenagers consumed alcohol in the past year. Although many teenagers consider it fun, it is very dangerous. The effects of alcohol on your body depend on your size, weight, sex, age and the amount of food you have consumed. read more…

TobaccoTobacco comes in the forms of cigarettes, cigars or smokeless tobacco. Many teenagers also use water pipes – or hookahs – to smoke tobacco. This is just as dangerous as smoking cigarettes. Nicotine is the stimulating chemical in tobacco that makes it addictive. However, there are also more than 4,000 other chemicals in tobacco that are also poisonous. Some people think smokeless tobacco is healthier – but it is not. According to the American Lung Association, three to four times the amount of nicotine is consumed from smokeless tobacco than from a cigarette. About 500,000 Americans die each year from tobacco use, which is more than all other drugs combined. read more…

E-CigarettesNicotine is the stimulating chemical found in tobacco that makes it addictive. Liquid Nicotine is extracted from tobacco and combined with flavorings and other chemicals to create a liquid solution. This solution often comes in the form of a cartridge and is heated by an e-cigarette to create an aerosol that can be inhaled. The name “e-cigarette” is common, but many teenagers are more familiar with popular terms like vape, vape pen, mods, or bricks. E-cigarettes are illegal for use by people under the age of 18 or 21 (depending on the product and the state). read more…

MarijuanaMarijuana goes by a variety of nicknames such as: dope, grass, Mary Jane, pot, reefer, weed, skunk, chronic and ganja. Call it what you want, but marijuana has dangerous effects. Marijuana comes from the cannabis sativa plant. There is a chemical called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in marijuana that makes it a mind-altering substance. People use marijuana in several ways. One way is rolling marijuana into a cigarette called a joint. Another way is emptying cigars and filling them with marijuana. Others smoke marijuana through a water pipe called a bong. Lastly, some people mix it with food (brownies are commonly used) or brew it into their tea. read more…

EcstasyEcstasy is commonly referred to as “E” or “X,” and is actually 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). It is considered a club drug because of its stimulating effects. Ecstasy is a man-made pill, so the purity is questionable. The maker can use whatever ingredients he or she would like in making the drug. Ecstasy pills usually have a graphic or logo on the tablet. About 45 minutes after swallowing a pill, a user will feel the “high” of ecstasy. This high lasts three to six hours. read more…

InhalantsMany teenagers use inhalants because they seem harmless, are often in your home and produce a quick buzz. However, inhalants provoke long-term irreversible damage to your body. Inhalant users sniff or snort the fumes, spray the aerosols into their nose or mouth, sniff fumes that were sprayed in a paper bag or huff (spraying a rag with inhalants and putting it in the mouth). read more…

Cough MedicineThe ingredient in cough medicine that makes it dangerous is dextromethorphan (DXM). DXM is chemically similar to morphine and is used as a cough suppressant. When abused, DXM creates a hallucinogenic effect and is comparable to ecstasy. read more…

MethamphetamineMethamphetamine, commonly called speed, meth, glass, or crystal, is an addictive stimulant. Methamphetamine is taken orally, injected, or snorted. It is also, like cocaine, turned into a crystal that is smoked. Methamphetamine is often produced in labs, either legal or illegal, which harm the environment. read more…

AmphetamineAmphetamine is a stimulant that are injected, smoked, snorted, or ingested. It is sometimes used to treat obesity, narcolepsy, and attention deficit disorders. It is more commonly used for performance enhancement. This form is on the market as Benzedrine. read more…

Prescription DrugsPrescription drugs are highly beneficial – for the people to whom they are prescribed. When unnecessarily taken, these drugs are very dangerous. Prescription pill use can be categorized by three types: pain relievers, sedatives and tranquilizers, and stimulants. read more…

RohypnolRohypnol is usually called the date rape drug or roofies. The drug’s actual name is Flunitrazepam and is legal in some countries (not the United States) to treat insomnia. Rohypnol is a sedative that creates a sleepy and relaxed feeling. It is comparable to Valium or Xanax, except that its sedative effects are 10 times stronger. It is a small white tablet that, when dissolved in a liquid, cannot be tasted nor smelled. It is used as a date rape drug because when it is combined with alcohol produces disinhibition and amnesia. Users often take Rohypnol with other drugs such as heroin or cocaine. read more…

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