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TELL TALE SIGNS OF DRUG USE

Alcohol

(Beer, wine, liquor, cooler, malt liquor, booze)

Physical Effects - dizziness, slurred speech, disturbed sleep, nausea, vomiting, hangovers, impaired motor skills, violent behavior, respiratory depression and death (high doses).

Psychological Effects - addiction (alcoholism), depression.

Facts for Parents - 25% of 8th graders have admitted to being intoxicated at least once.

Marijuana

Marihuana is the part of the cannabis that is smoked to give a sensory-altering effect. (weed, pot, grass)

Physical Effects - bloodshot eyes, increased appetite, increased heart rate, rapid pulse, lack of coordination.

Psychological Effects - confusion, anxiety, sensory distortions, anti-social behavior, and inducement to take stronger drugs.

Paraphernalia - pipes, bongs, joints, and blunts.

Facts for Parents - The average age teens first use marijuana is 14.  Marijuana can be smoked using homemade pipes and bongs made from soda cans, plastic beverage containers or foil.

Amphetamines

Orally injected, snorted, or smoked.  (Speed, uppers, ups, hearts, black beauties, pep pills, copilots, bumble bees, benzedrine, dexedrine, footballs, bephetamine)

Physical Effects - irritability, increased blood pressure, aggression, convulsions, dilated pupils and blurred vision, dizziness, sleeplessness, loss of appetite; malnutrition, increased body temperature, increased risk of exposure to HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases if injected)

Psychological Effects - addiction, anxiety, paranoia/psychosis, depression.

Paraphernalia - needles, razor blade, drinking straw, money rolled up (for snorting), pipe.

Facts for Parents - Chronic use can induce psychosis with symptoms similar to schizophrenia such as paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations.

Methamphetamine

Orally, injected, snorted or smoked, (speed, meth, crank, crystal, ice, fire, croak, crypto, white cross, glass)

Physical Effects - irritability, increased blood pressure, aggression, nervousness, hypothermia, compulsive behavior, stroke, convulsions,   loss of appetite; malnutrition, heart and blood vessel toxicity, arrhythmia, increased risk of exposure to HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases if injected

Psychological Effects - addiction, anxiety, paranoia/psychosis, depression hallucinations, formication: the sensation of insects creeping on or under the skin.

Paraphernalia - needles, razor blade, drinking straw, money rolled up (for snorting), pipe.

Facts for Parents - some users avoid sleep for three to 15 days.  "Ice" is the street name for smokable methamphetamine.

Ecstasy

Ecstasy is a mind-altering drug with hallucinogenic and amphetamine properties. (XTC, love-drug, X)

Physical Effects - rapid eye movement, blurred vision, teeth clenching/muscle tension, faintness, and chills/sweating.

Psychological Effects - paranoia, nervousness, insomnia, drug craving, and heightened sense of touch.

Paraphernalia - capsule or pill form, pacifiers/tootsie pops (for teeth clenching).

Facts for Parents - Ecstasy is popular at all-night underground dance parties (called "raves") and is the most common " designer drug".

Cocaine

Snorted or dissolved in water and injected.  (Coke, snow, nose candy, flake, blow, big C, lady, white, snowbirds)

Physical Effects - pupil dilation, elevated blood pressure and heart rate, increased risk of exposure to HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases if injected, seizures, heart attack, respiratory failure, constricted peripheral blood vessels, restlessness, irritability, loss of appetite, insomnia, increased body temperature, death from overdose.

Psychological Effects - tactile hallucinations, addiction, paranoia, anxiety.

Paraphernalia - razor blade, mirror, drinking straw, money rolled up (for snorting).

Facts for Parents - Cocaine is a powerfully addictive drug.  Heavy use may produce hallucinations, paranoia, aggression, insomnia, and depression.

Crack Cocaine

Crack cocaine is a freebase form of cocaine that is broken up into "pebble-like rocks." (rock, cookies)

Physical Effects - pupil dilation, loss of appetite/weight, tactile hallucinations, increased respiratory rate, and severe perspiration.

Psychological Effects - addition, loss of interest in family, paranoia, depression, and need for money.

Paraphernalia - glass pipes, and crushed metal soda cans.

Facts for Parents - A cheaper form of Cocaine that may be more addicting.

Heroin

Heroin is a narcotic drug, ranging from a white to dark brown powder, synthesized from morphine. (smack, dope, junk)

Physical Effects - "nodding off" (at high doses), itchy, dry skin, constricted pupils/droopy eyelids, constipation.

Psychological Effects - addiction, restlessness, insomnia, depression.

Paraphernalia - needles, spoons, packaged in glassine bags, water pipe.

Facts for Parents - Heroin users quickly develop a tolerance to the drug and need more and more of it to get the same effects, or even to feel well.

LSD

Tabs taken orally or gelatin/liquid put in eyes.  (acid, microdot, tabs, doses, trips, hits, sugar cubes)

Physical Effects - elevated body temperature and blood pressure, suppressed appetite, sleeplessness, tremors.

Psychological Effects - chronic recurring hallucinations.

Facts for Parents - LSD is the most common hallucinogen.   LSD tabs are often decorated with colorful designs or cartoon characters.

Rohypnol

Rohypnol is a powerful depressant and sedative often sold in pill form.  (roofies, the forget pill)

Physical Effects - blackouts with loss of memory, violent outbursts of tempter, nausea, speaking/motor difficulty, and intoxication.

Psychological Effects - complete/partial amnesia, aggression, loss of memory, lack of inhibitions, and prolonged blackouts.

Paraphernalia - olive green, oblong pill with "542" imprinted on it.  Available in .5-, 1 and 2-milligram doses.

Facts for Parents - Referred to as the "date-rape" drug.  Creates a drunk feeling that lasts two to eight hours.

Inhalants

Inhalants  can be described as any substance that gives off fumes or vapors for a high.  (whippets, boppers)

Physical Effects - nosebleeds, headaches, muscle weakness, body parts/clothing with paint or stains on them, intoxicated appearance.

Psychological Effects - fatigue/lack of coordination, violent behavior, mood swings, irrationality.

Paraphernalia - aerosol cans, piles of cans or bottles, butane lighters,  and art/office supply, solvents.

Facts for Parents - Hundreds of legal household products can be sniffed or "huffed" to get high.  All inhalants can be toxic.

GHB

GHB is a clear, salty, odorless liquid or white powder that acts as a depressant. (liquid X, Georgia Home Boy)

Physical Effects - unconsciousness, used in sexual assaults, dizziness, impaired motor skills, nausea.

Psychological Effects - relaxed, uninhibited feelings, euphoria, insomnia, memory loss, intoxication.

Paraphernalia - clear liquid, and white powder.

Facts for Parents - Sometimes the user transports the drug in empty hotel shampoo or eye-dropper bottles.

Ketamine

Ketamine is a vet anesthetic that is sold as a liquid, but usually converted to a powder. (K, Special K)

Physical Effects - hallucinations, blurred vision, dizziness, numbness, and drunken appearance.

Psychological Effects - out-of-body experiences, visual "flashbacks", paranoid/delusional thinking, aggressive behavior, and amnesia.

Paraphernalia - liquid and dry powder.

Facts for Parents - Popular at raves.  Used as an anesthetic for animals.

HOW ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES ARE CATEGORIZED

Stimulants - Stimulants are a classification of drugs that "stimulate" or accelerate the central nervous system.  Examples would include: Cocaine, Crack, Ecstasy, Amphetamines, and Methamphetamines.

Depressants - Depressants are those drugs which have a sedating effect upon the central nervous system.  Examples would include:  Barbiturates, Rohypnol, Anavar, Dianabol.

Hallucinogens - Hallucinogens are a natural or synthetic drug that can produce  hallucinations when taken.  Examples would include:  LSD, PCP, Mushrooms, Peyote, Ecstasy, and Special K.

Anabolic Steroids - Anabolic steroids are drugs or hormones akin to testosterone that increase muscle growth.  Examples would include: Halotestin, Maxibolin, Anavar, and Dianabol.

Opiates - Opiates can be described as a narcotic that has a depressant effect upon the user.  Examples would include: Heroin, Morphine and Codeine.

Cannabis - Cannabis is a term used to describe hemp plants that are smoked and ingested to produce psychophysical changes when ingested.  Examples would include: Marijuana, hash, and hash oil.