Substance abuse is prevalent in today’s society. This is an alarming problem because of increased abuse over the years, supported by the ready availability of drug related products. The issue is widespread throughout society, especially among students beginning from as early as 8th grade. Below are 13 of the most commonly abused substance in today’s society.
- Crack Cocaine
Also Known As : MDMA, E, pills, brownies, XTC.
Ecstacy is a synthetic, psychoactive drug chemically similar to the stimulant methamphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline. In 2005, 11.5 million Americans aged 12 or older tried MDMA at least once in their lifetimes, representing 4.7% of the U.S. population in that age group.
Also Known As : rophy, rufflels, roofies, ruffies, ruff up, rib, roach 2, R2, R2-Do-U, roche, rope, ropies, circles, circes, forget it, forget-me-pill, Baptist Communion, and Mexican Valium.
Rohypnol is a type of sedative that is tasteless and odorless. Used a lot in sexual attacks due to its sedating and intoxicating effect. Although it is usually taken orally, recent reports have shown Rohypnol being grinded to powder form to snort.
Also Known As : Gina, Georgia Home Boy, Soap, G, GB, GBH, Juice, Fantasy, Liquid Ecstasy, Liquid X, Gamma-OH, cherry meth and Jungle Juice.
Like Rohypnol, GHB is odorless and looks a lot like water when in liquid form. It is white when in powder form, and is often mixed into alcohol. Other than being used as a sexual attacking weapon, bodybuilders also take it for the anabolic effects.
Also Known As : special K, ket, K, green, super C, vitamin K, super acid, special la coke, baby food, God, jet, honey oil, gas
Actually, it started out as a tranquilizer for animals. Ketamine only became popular in the 1980s when it was found out that large doses induce dream like states and hallucinations. The liquid and powdered form of ketamine can be drunk, smoked or dissolved for injections.
Also Known As : coke, flake, snow, dust, happy dust, gold dust, heaven dust, girl, cecil, lorine, C, toot, blow
Cocaine was pretty useful back in the 1880s. It was used as an anesthetic to constrict blood vessels and limit bleeding. Cocaine is the most potent stimulant of natural origin that can be snorted, smoked or injected.
Also Known As : charlie, freebase, rock
Crack is actually cocaine that has not been neutralized by acid to make hydrochlorida salt. Crack has an immediate high effect and is cheap to produce. The name crack comes from the crackling sound when it is heated.
Also Known As : acid, trips, alice dee, blotter, doses, liquid A, lucy, microdots, sunshine, twenty-five, windowpane
LSD is one of the major drugs making up the hallucinogen class of drugs. It was discovered in 1938 and is manufactured from lysergic acid, which is found in ergot, a fungus that grows on rye and other grains.
Also Known As : angel dust, dust, sherm, super weed, killer weed, PCP, elephant, embalming fluid, hog, PCE, rocket fuel, TCP.
Taking PCP makes you agitated, delusional and irrational. It was developed in the 1950s as an anesthetic but discontinued in 1965. In powdered form, it is crystal white in colour and is soluble. Because of it’s bitter chemical taste, PCP is usually applied to leafy materials like mint, parsley, oregano or marijuana.
Also Known As : gear, diesel, smack, B, skag, Bobby, black tar, horse, junk, jack, jenny, brown, brown sugar, dark, dope, dragon, bitch, gak, boy, hammer, girl, ron, ice cube, and H.
A very addictive drug made from substance extracted from the seed pod of several types of poppy plants. Pure heroin is white, though there are other colours which displays the impurities left from manufacturing or other additives.
Also Known As : poppers, snappers, bolt, bullet, climax, locker room, rush, buzz bombs, whippets
Inhalants are known for their psychoactive, mind altering effect. Some examples of inhalants include
- paint removers
- dry cleaning fluids
- felt tip marker fluids
- spray paint
- hair spray
- butane lighters
- propane thanks
- whipped cream dispensers
Also Known As : weed, pot, reefer, grass, dope, ganja, Mary Jane, sinsemilla, hash, herb, Aunt Mary, skunk, boom, kif, gangster, chronic, blunt.
Marijuana is a green, brown, or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa). Cannabis is a term that refers to marijuana and other drugs made from the same plant. Other forms of cannabis include sinsemilla, hashish, and hash oil. All forms of cannabis are mind-altering (psychoactive) drugs. Marijuana is usually smoked as a cigarette (called a joint) or in a pipe or bong. Marijuana has also appeared in blunts, which are cigars that have been emptied of tobacco and refilled with marijuana, sometimes in combination with another drug, such as crack. It can also be mixed into foods or used to brew a tea.
Also Known As : meth, crank, crystal, crystal meth, ice, speed, c.r., go, go fast, geek, gack, geet, glass, red rock, tweak, amp, prope dope, p2p, poor maniac’s coke, pink glass, chalk, zip
Know that methamphetamine has some medical uses for the treatment of nacrolepsy, ADD and obesity due to it’s effects of increased activity and decreased appetite.
Also Known As : juice, roids, gym candy, pumpers, stackers, balls or bulls, weight trainers, arnies, or anabolics
Anabolic steroids were once developed in the late 1930s primarily to treat a condition where the testes do not produce sufficient testosterone for normal growth, development, and sexual functioning. The primary medical uses of these compounds are to treat delayed puberty, some types of impotence, and wasting of the body caused by HIV infection or other diseases. During the 1930s, scientists discovered that anabolic steroids could facilitate the growth of skeletal muscle in laboratory animals. This led to abuse of these compounds by bodybuilders and weightlifters and then by athletes in other sports.
‘Pyramid-ing’ is a common method of steroid use. Users slowly escalate steroid use, increasing the number of drugs used at one time and/or the dose and frequency of one or more steroids, reaching a peak amount at mid-cycle and gradually lessening the dose toward the end of the cycle.