Drugs

Cocaine

Although it was once believed to be a non-addictive substance, cocaine is actually one of the most highly addictive illegal drugs in America. Crack cocaine is a modified version of cocaine that is even more addictive and has similar effects on the user.

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Crack

Crack, also called crack cocaine, is a modified form of cocaine that is smoked by the user. This route of administration produces a much faster and more intense high than snorting cocaine because the smoke is absorbed into the lungs and immediately enters the bloodstream.

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Crystal Meth

Methamphetamine - also known as crystal meth, meth, crystal, ice, speed, and crank – stimulates the central nervous system and produces a feeling of euphoria and focus in the user.

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Hallucinogens

Hallucinogenic drugs have been used by man since pre-historic times and continue to be used today in some cultures in the context of religious rituals. Hallucinogens can be broken into three groups: psychedelics, dissociatives, and deleriants.

Heroin

Heroin is an extremely addictive illegal substance. Like most opioids, it is derived from the sap of the opium poppy [Papaver somniferum]. Heroin is a central nervous system depressant and creates an intense feeling of relaxation and euphoria in the user.

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Marijuana

Marijuana is dried plant material that from two species: Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa. Users smoke or eat the substance. The active chemical in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

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Opiates

The term “opiate” refers to any drug that is derived from opium. Opium was one of the earliest drugs discovered by man. Opiates are a type of analgesic meaning that they reduce the sensation of pain.

Oxycontin

Oxycontin is a prescription opiate used to treat the severe pain associated with such medical conditions as cancer and spine injury. Like most opiates, Oxycontin is derived from the sap of the opium poppy [Papaver somniferum] and is a central nervous system depressant.

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Prescription Drugs

Addiction to prescription drugs has become much more prevalent in the past several years particularly among adolescents. Regardless of age, addiction to prescription drugs can become a debilitating illness that often robs the addict of everything they once valued.

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Vicodin

Like heroin and oxycodone, the hydrocodone in Vicodin is an opiate. Opiates are derived from the sap of the opium poppy [Papaver somniferum] and depress the central nervous system and relieve pain. Vicodin is a very commonly prescribed medication and is thus much easier to obtain than many other opiates.

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Xanax

Xanax belongs to a class of drugs know as benzodiazepines which includes other well known prescription drugs such as Valium, Klonopin, and Ativan. These drugs are central nervous system depressants and are prescribed in the treatment of anxiety disorders. As one of the fastest acting benzodiazepines, Xanax very quickly produces feelings of relaxation in the user which is one of the reasons it is so addictive.

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