Drug Guide

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

Bath Salts

Bath Salts are substituted cathinones, which are synthetic, concentrated versions of the stimulant chemical in Khat.

Prescription Anorectics (“Diet Pills”)

These drugs are often referred to as diet pills, and have been developed and marketed to replace amphetamines as appetite suppressants.

Tobacco & Nicotine

More than 40 chemicals in tobacco smoke are known to cause cancer in humans and animals, and the harmful effects of smoking do not end with the smoker.


Anabolic androgenic steroids are a group of powerful compounds closely related to the male sex hormone testosterone.


Salvia (aka salvia divinorum) is a psychoactive mint, used in traditional spiritual practices by the Mazatec people of Mexico.


Rohypnol (aka "Ruffie") is the brand name for a drug called flunitrazepam, which is a powerful sedative that depresses the central nervous system.


Used to treat congestion associated with allergies, hay fever, sinus irritation, and the common cold. Pseudoephedrine is also a key ingredient in the production of the illicit drug methamphetamine.

Prescription Sedatives & Tranquilizers

These drugs slow normal brain function, which may result in slurred speech, shallow breathing, sluggishness, fatigue, disorientation and lack of coordination.

Prescription Pain Relievers (Opioids)

Opioids are powerful drugs with a high risk for dependency. Taken in high doses, and/or with other substances can result in respiratory distress and death.


PMA, or paramethoxyamphetamine, is a synthetic hallucinogen often sold as Ecstasy.

Peyote (Mescaline)

Peyote is a small, spineless cactus, Lophophora williamsii, whose principal active ingredient is the hallucinogen mescaline.

PCP (Phencyclidine)

PCP, or phencyclidine, is a “dissociative” anesthetic. People using PCP experience a feeling of being “out of body” and detached from their environment.


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Diphenhydramine (DPH)

An over-the-counter antihistamine used to treat allergy symptoms, the common cold, insomnia and motion sickness. In response to a “Benadryl challenge” circulating online, the FDA issued a warning that taking more than recommended can lead to serious health effects, including coma or even death.