Category Archives: Drug Spotlight

20 May

Propoxyphene

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Propoxyphene Use may cause dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, euphoria, dysphoria, and asthenia. Dangers of using this drug include skin rash and other allergic reactions occur occasionally that may go along with fever and mucosal lesions, stupor or coma, convulsions, and respiratory depression.  Propoxyphene is a narcotic pain reliever. Other side effects include feeling light headed, confusion, jaundice,

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20 May

Phencyclidine

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Phencyclidine Phencyclidine (angel dust, boat, hog, love boat, peace pill) is a dissociative drug. Dissociative drugs are a type of hallucinogen that can cause a person to feel detached from reality. PCP, an abbreviation for phencyclidine, was created as an anesthetic. However, the drug is no longer used as a result of unpleasant effects. Short-term

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20 May

Benzodiazepines

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Benzodiazepines (benzos, sleeping pills, moggies, tranks, candy, goofballs, downers, etc.) are medications used in treating anxiety and sleeping issues because they slow activity in the brain. However, abusing these medications is dangerous. Overuse can cause slurred speech, disorientation, drunken behavior without the odor of alcohol, shallow respiration, cold and clammy skin, dilated pupils, weak and rapid pulse,

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20 May

Barbiturates

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Barbiturates are medications that slow activity in the brain. This is useful in treating anxiety and sleep issues. Theses drugs can be in pill, capsule, and liquid form. Therefore, this type of prescription is commonly taken through injection or  swallowed. Common types of barbiturates include pentobarbital (Nembutal) and phenobarbital (Luminal). This type of prescription sedative is also

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18 May

Prescription Opioids

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Opioids are a class of drugs that include strong pain relievers available by prescription. Some of these opioids are oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab), hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Exalgo, Palladone), codeine, fentanyl, morphine and many others. Opioids are considered safe when taken as directed by a doctor and for a short amount of time. However, even regular use

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19 Feb

MDMA

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MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) is a synthetic, psychoactive drug that is similar to the stimulant amphetamine. Ecstasy also has similarities to the hallucinogen mescaline. MDMA is also referred to as ecstasy. More recently the drug is known as Molly. Ecstasy can be taken orally as a capsule or tablet. Molly (slang for “molecular”) refers to the pure crystalline powder form of MDMA. It is a capsule or powder when

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03 Feb

Alcohol

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Alcohol An intoxicating ingredient found in beer, wine, and liquor is ethyl alcohol, or ethanol. The fermentation of yeast, sugars, and starches is what produces alcohol. A standard drink is 0.6 ounces of pure ethanol, 12 ounces of beer, 8 ounces of malt liquor, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces (known as a “shot”)

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13 Jan

Tobacco and Nicotine

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Tobacco and Nicotine The use of tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, snuff, etc.) is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Smoking cigarettes ends in more than 480,000 deaths in the United States each year (about 1 in every 5 deaths) according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cigarette

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03 Dec

Heroin

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Heroin Heroin – 6-acetylmorphine or 6-AM (smack, brown sugar, skag, junk, black tar, etc.) is one of the most commonly abused drugs in the United States. People abusing prescription opioid pain medications may be turning to heroin as an alternative because it is cheaper and easier to obtain. As a result, around 23 percent of

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12 Nov

Methamphetamine

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Methamphetamine Methamphetamine – N-methyl-1-phenylpropan-2-amine (meth, crystal, chalk, ice, speed, etc.) is a central nervous system stimulant that is extremely addictive. It is classified as a schedule II drug because of its high possibility for abuse. The substance is a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder and chemically similar to amphetamine. Methamphetamine is consumed orally, smoked, snorted, or dissolved

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