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25% of 8th graders have admitted to being intoxicated at least once
Beer, wine, liquor, cooler, malt liquor, booze
Addiction (alcoholism), dizziness, nausea, vomiting, hangovers, slurred speech, disturbed sleep, impaired motor skills, violent behavior, fetal alcohol syndrome, respiratory depression and death (high doses)
Chronic use can induce psychosis with symptoms similar to schizophrenia.
Speed, uppers, ups, hearts, black beauties, pep pills, capilots, bumble bees, Benzedrine, Dexedrine, footballs, biphetamine
Orally, injected, snorted, or smoked
Addiction, irritability, anxiety, increased blood pressure, paranoia, psychosis, depression, aggression, convulsions, dilated pupils, dizziness, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, malnutrition. Increased risk of exposure to HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases if injected
Some users avoid sleep for 3 to 15 days
Speed, meth, crank, crystal, ice, fire, croak, crypto, white cross, glass. "Ice" is the street name for the smokeable form
Addiction, irritability, aggression, hypothermia, stroke, paranoia, psychosis, convulsions, heart and blood vessel toxicity, hallucinations, arrhythmia, formication (the sensation of insects creeping on or under your skin)
Ecstasy is popular at all-night underground parties (called raves) and is the most common designer drug
XTC, Adam, MDMA
Psychiatric disturbances, including panic, anxiety, depression, and paranoia. Muscle tension, nausea, blurred vision, sweating, increased heart rate, tremors, hallucinations, fainting, chills, sleep problems, and reduced appetite
Some children buy or steal from their classmates
Speed, west coast
Tablet is crushed, and the powder is snorted or injected
Loss of appetite, fevers, convulsions, and severe headaches. Increased risk of exposure to HIV, hepatitis, and other infections. Paranoia, hallucinations, excessive repetition of movements and meaningless tasks, tremors, muscle twitching
The active ingredients in Herbal Ecstasy are caffeine and ephedrine
Herbal Ecstasy, Cloud 9, Rave Energy, Ultimate, Xphoria, and X
Increased heart rate and blood pressure, seizures, heart attacks, stroke, and death
Changing the molecular structure of an existing drug or drugs to create a new substance creates Designer drugs
Synthetic heroin, goodfella
Injected, sniffed, or smoked
Instant respiratory paralysis. Potency creates strong possibility for overdose, many of the same effects as heroin
Cocaine is a powerfully addictive drug. Heavy use may produce paranoia, hallucinations, aggression, insomnia, and depression
Coke, snow, nose candy, flake, blow, big C, lady, white, snowbirds
Snorted or dissolved in water and injected
Addiction, pupil dilation, elevated blood pressure and heart rate. Increased respiratory rate, seizures, heart attack, insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, irritability, increased body temperature, death from overdose
A cheaper form of cocaine that may be more addicting.
Same as cocaine
Heroin users quickly develop a tolerance to the drug and need more and more of it to get the same effects, or even to feel well
Smack, horse, mud, brown, sugar, junk, black tar, big H, dope
Addiction. Slurred speech, slow gait, constricted pupils, droopy eyelids, impaired night vision, nodding off, respiratory depression or failure, dry itching skin, and skin infections. Increased risk of exposure to HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases if injected
Marijuana joints can be dipped into PCP without the smoker's knowledge
Angel dust, ozone, rocket fuel, peace pill, elephant tranquilizer, dust
Snorted, smoked, orally, or injected
Hallucinations. Out-of-body experiences impaired motor coordination, inability to feel physical pain, respiratory attack, disorientation, fear, panic, aggressive behavior. Increased risk of exposure to HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases if injected. Death
LSD is the most common hallucinogen. LSD tabs are often decorated with colorful designs or cartoon characters
Acid, microdot, tabs, doses, trips, hits, sugar cubes
Tabs taken orally or gelatin/liquid put in eyes
Elevated body temperature and blood pressure, suppressed appetite, sleeplessness, tremors, chronic recurring hallucinations
Many mushroom users purchase hallucinogenic mushroom spores via mail order
Shrooms, caps, magic mushrooms
Eaten or brewed and drunk in tea
Increased blood pressure, sweating, nausea, hallucinations
Hundreds of legal household products can be sniffed or huffed to get high. All inhalants can be toxic. Other Names: Laughing gas, whippets, aerosol sprays, cleaning fluids, solvents
Vapors are inhaled
Headache, muscle weakness, abdominal pain, severe mood swings and violent behavior, nausea, nose bleeds; liver, lung, and kidney damage; dangerous chemical imbalances in the body, lack of coordination, fatigue, loss of appetite, decreases in heart and respiratory rates, hepatitis, or peripheral neuropathy from long-term use
The average age of first use is 14. Can be smoked using homemade pipes and bongs made from soda cans or plastic beverage containers
Weed, pot, reefer, grass, dope, ganja, Mary Jane, sinsemilla, herb, Aunt Mary, skunk, boom, kif, gangster, chronic, 420
Smoked or eaten
Bloodshot eyes, dry mouth, impaired or reduced comprehension, altered sense of time, reduced ability to perform tasks requiring concentration and coordination --such as driving a car, paranoia, intense anxiety attacks, altered cognition, making acquisition of new information difficult; impairments in learning, memory, perception, and judgment; difficulty speaking, listening effectively, thinking, retaining knowledge, problem solving
Steroid users subject themselves to more than 70 % potentially harmful side effects.
Orally or injected into muscle
Liver cancer Sterility, masculine traits in women and feminine traits in men, aggression, depression, acne, mood swings.
1 in 5 12th graders is a daily smoker. How Consumed: Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco (chew, dip, and snuff)
Addiction, heart disease, cancer of the lung, larynx, esophagus, bladder, pancreas, kidney, and mouth. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis, spontaneous abortion, low birth weight
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