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Commonly Abused Drugs

Information about the most commonly abused drugs and substances.
  1. Barbiturates (10)
  2. Cocaine and Crack (42)
  3. Date Rape Drugs (9)
  4. Ecstasy - MDMA (16)
  5. Hallucinogens (13)
  6. Heroin (23)
  7. Inhalant Abuse (15)
  8. Marijuana (51)
  9. Methamphetamine (36)
  10. OxyContin Abuse (11)
  11. Steroids (10)
  12. Prescription Medications (66)

Learn the Street Names Used for Illicit Drugs
People involved in the use of illicit drugs tend to talk in code, using different names for their drug of choice, so that eavesdroppers won't know what they are talking about.

Photos of Commonly Abused Drugs
If you found illegal drugs in your child's room, would you be able to recognize it? Would you know the difference between harmless allergy medication and dangerous stimulants or sedatives?

Health Effects of Illegal Drugs
There are negative health effects associated with every illegal drug out there and some of them can even be fatal.

Opioid Overdose Resuscitation Tips Provided
These tips might help save a life in case of an opioid-related overdose.

Pictures of Drug Paraphernalia
Pictures to help you identify various paraphernalia associated with illicit drug use.

Emerging Drugs of Abuse
Parents and public officials have to deal with a growing list of synthetic, designer and emerging drugs.

Rates of Illicit Drug Abuse in the U.S.
An estimated 20.4 million people in the United States used some kind of illicit drug in the past 30 days, according to the latest government statistics. About 8.3 percent of all persons age 12 and over are involved in the use of illegal drugs or the nonmedical use of prescription drugs.

Death Risk Rises for New Injection Drug Users
People who recently began injecting heroin or cocaine face a risk of death more than three times higher than similarly aged people who do not inject drugs, researchers report.

Common Factors Cause Multiple Drug Use
Although marijuana use may precede use of other drugs of abuse, prevention programs may not be successful if they do not take into account the underlying biology that predisposes people to use multiple drugs.

Drug Profiles
Profiles of drugs and substances which are the most commonly abused in the United States, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

How Do They Choose a 'Drug of Choice?'
New research suggests genetics and shared environment have little impact when it comes to selecting a particular illegal drug.

Brain Receptor Switches Addiction On, Off
The discovery of a molecular "addiction switch" in the mammalian brain has the potential to control the addiction process in drug addicts, say University of Toronto researchers.

Drugs, Stress Cause Similar Brain Changes
Scientists from the Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of California, San Francisco, have found that drugs of abuse and stress may trigger similar changes in brain circuitry.

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