Most Commonly Used

Alcohol
Beer, wine, whiskey, scotch, gin

Effects
Physical: Alcohol hepatitis, cirrhosis, nerve damage, confusion, memory problems, seizures.
Mental: Depression, lack of motivation, impaired memory, impaired judgment.

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Cannabis
Marijuana, hash

Effects
Physical: Cough, respiratory infection, increased heart rate, long term use leads to emphysema (breathing problems), impaired balance, impaired memory.
Mental: Anxiety, paranoia, slowed thinking, impaired memory and judgment.

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Cocaine
Powdered cocaine, crack

Effects
Physical: Paranoid, fearful, severe weight loss, heart attack, seizure, stroke, chest pain, headaches.
Mental: Temporary feeling of well-being, increased energy, anxiety, paranoia, reckless activities, impaired judgment.

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Amphetamine
Speed, methamphetamine, crystal meth

Effects
Physical: Paranoid, fearful, severe weight loss, heart attacks, seizures, strokes, chest pain, headaches.
Mental: Increased energy, temporary sense of well being, anxiety, paranoia, impaired judgment.

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Opiates
Heroin, morphine, methadone, codeine, percocet, vicodin, oxycodone

Effects
Physical: Respiratory (lung) depression and arrest, confusion, unconsciousness, coma.
Mental: Increased sense of well being, decrease in pain, sleepiness, loss of motivation, impaired judgment.

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Hallucinogens
PCP, angel dust, LSD, mushrooms, peyote

Effects
Physical: Increased heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure, tremors, paranoia.
Mental: Distorted perceptions and sensations, hallucinations, restlessness, impaired judgement.

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Sedatives
Klonopin, xanax, valium, ativan

Effects
Physical: Slowing of pulse, lowering of blood pressure and breathing rate, depression, memory loss, urinary retention.
Mental: Relaxation, sleepiness, less inhibitions, slurred speech, impaired judgment.

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Inhalants
Glue, aerosols, nitrous oxide

Effects
Physical: Deafness, kidney disease, heart disease, liver disease, peripheral nerve damage, cancer, anemia.
Mental: Disorientation, confusion, change in perceptions and sensations.

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Caffeine
Coffee, tea, chocolate, energy drinks

Effects
Physical: Headache, chest pain, jittery, restlessness.
Mental: More alert, jittery, restlessness.

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OTC Drugs
Cough medications, antihistamines

Effects
Physical: Seizures, unconsciousness.
Mental: Sleepiness, impaired coordination and balance.

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