Drug Guide

A comprehensive and up-to-date source of substance-specific information.

Vaping & e-Cigarettes

It’s one of the fastest-growing trends among today’s teens, but vaping is far from safe. Parents: learn more to keep your family informed and healthy.
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Fentanyl & Other Synthetic Opioids

Fentanyl and similar compounds like carfentanil are powerful synthetic opioids 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
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Ecstasy (MDMA)

MDMA or Ecstasy (3-4-methylenedioxymethampheta-mine), is a synthetic, psychoactive drug with amphetamine-like and hallucinogenic properties.
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Prescription Stimulants

Speed, Uppers, Addies — Stimulants were used historically to treat a variety of ailments, before their potential for abuse and addiction became apparent.
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Opium

Opium is a narcotic made from the white liquid in the poppy plant. It shares many of the same characteristics and risks as other opioids like heroin.
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Hallucinogenic Mushrooms

Caps, Magic Mushrooms, Shrooms -- Psilocybin and psilocyn are the hallucinogenic compounds contained in certain mushrooms.
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Methcathinone

Methcathinone is a stimulant that is a structural analogue of methamphetamine. It is illegally manufactured from readily available chemicals.
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Methamphetamine (Meth)

In its illicit form, meth is a crystal-like powdered substance that sometimes comes in large rock-like chunks -- inspiring many of its slang terms.
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Kratom

Kratom is a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia, with leaves that contain psychoactive (mind-altering) opioid compounds.
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Khat

Khat is a stimulant made up of fresh leaves of the Catha edulis shrub found in East Africa and southern Arabia. It contains a variety of chemicals.
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Heroin

Heroin is a highly addictive drug derived from morphine, which is obtained from opium poppy plants — otherwise known as an opioid.
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Cocaine

Cocaine is a drug extracted from the leaves of the coca plant. It is a potent brain stimulant and one of the most powerfully addictive drugs.
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2C-B / 2C-T-7

These “club drugs” are psychoactive or hallucinogenic compounds similar to mescaline.
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Marijuana

Find everything you need to know about marijuana and addressing its use with your teen or young adult.
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LSD

LSD (D-lysergic acid diethylamide) is the most common hallucinogen, a group of drugs that alter awareness of perception, thoughts and feelings.
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Ketamine

Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic (causes a person to feel detached from reality) used in human anesthesia and veterinary medicine.
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K2 or Spice (synthetic marijuana)

K2 is a mixture of herbs, spices or shredded plant material that is sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids chemically similar to THC.
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Inhalants

Inhalants are ordinary household products that are inhaled or sniffed to get high. Hundreds of products can be misused as inhalants.
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Herbal Ecstasy

Herbal Ecstasy is a term used to describe a combination of herbs that are legal, inexpensive, and marketed as a “natural high.”
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Hashish

Hashish is made from the resin (a secreted gum) of the cannabis plant. It is rich in THC, the main mind-altering substance found in the cannabis plant.
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GHB

GHB (Gamma hydroxybutyrate) is predominantly a central nervous system depressant often manufactured recipes and kits found and purchased on the Internet.
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Flakka (Alpha-PVP)

Flakka is the street name for a synthetic cathinone that is chemically similar to other synthetic drugs known as “Bath Salts.”
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Dextromethorphan (DXM)

Dextromethorphan (DXM) is a cough-suppressing ingredient found in a variety of over-the-counter cold and cough medications which are susceptible to misuse.
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DOM / DOB / MDA

These so-called “designer drugs” are stimulants similar to MDMA or Ecstasy. They are produced illegally and the dosage and quality varies considerably.
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DMT

Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a hallucinogenic tryptamine. It is found in a variety of plants and seeds, and can also be produced synthetically.
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