Drug Guide

Alcohol

A depressant containing ethanol. The effects of alcohol depend on an individual’s size, weight, age, sex and amount of food and alcohol consumed.

Bath Salts

Substituted cathinones (synthetic, concentrated versions of the stimulant chemical found in Khat). Bath salts cause severe paranoia, which can result in self harm or harm to others.

Caffeine

Caffeine is a psychoactive stimulant. It effects alertness and can cause anxiety in large doses.

Crack/cocaine

A powerfully addictive drug extracted from the leaves of the coca plant. There are a number of short-term effects of cocaine/crack, including constricted peripheral blood vessels, dilated pupils, increased temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite, restlessness, irritability and anxiety.

DMT

A hallucinogenic tryptamine that is found in a variety of plants, seeds and can be produced synthetically. The short-term effects of DMT last about 45 to 60 minutes, and include increased blood pressure, increased heart rate and dilated pupils.

DOM DOB MDA

Also known as designer drugs are chemical variations of amphetamines. Users experience short-term mind-altering effects and in some cases hallucinations.

Ecstasy

A psychoactive drug with a number of short-term effects related to increased energy and empathy.

Hashish

A cannabinoid similar to marijuana that consists of the THC-rich resinous part of the cannabis plant, which is dried and compressed into various forms. The short-term effects are identical of those associated with marijuana use.

Heroin

A highly addictive depressant derived from morphine. Once injected the user feels a rush of euphoria, which is paired with a warm flushing of the skin, dry mouth and heavy extremities. After the rush of euphoria the user experiences a state of alternating wakefulness and drowsiness.

Inhalants

Everyday household products that are inhaled to get high. After inhaling the user will experience effects similar to alcohol use including slurred speech, lack of coordination, dizziness, confusion and delirium.

Ketamine

A dissociative anesthetic similar to PCP that causes hallucinations and dream-like sensations

LSD

An unpredictable, potent mood-changing chemical. The effects are based on a number of factors including the amount taken, user’s personality, mood, expectations and surroundings.

Marijuana

Marijuana is the most frequently used illegal drug in the nation. Disrupted learning and memory, difficulty thinking and solving problems, distorted perception, lack of coordination, increased heart rate and anxiety are all short-term effects of marijuana use.

Methamphetamine

An addictive stimulant that activates certain systems in the brain. Side effects vary based on use, but generally causes a feeling of euphoria.

Mushrooms

Psilocybin (similar to serotonin) are hallucinogenic principles found in certain mushrooms. Effects vary based on potency, the amount ingested, user’s expectations, mood, surroundings and frame of mind.

Opium

Created from the white liquid found in the poppy plant. Opium use causes a sense of euphoria, followed by a sense of well-being and drowsiness.

Prescription Pain Relievers

Pain relieving drugs derived from poppy plants or lab-made. Users experience pair relief and in some cases euphoria.

Prescription Stimulants

Prescription drugs that enhance brain activity (Adderall, Dexedrine, Ritalin, etc.) Users will experience increased blood pressure and heart rate, constricted blood vessels, increased blood glucose and increased breathing. As a result the user may experience increased alertness, attention and energy.

Tobacco

A crop used in cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco.

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