Drug Facts and Information
A DRUG can be defined as any substance taken to modify, change, or heal something within the body. It has also been defined as a chemical compound that is used to help in the diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of a human condition. Drugs are used to prevent illness, aid in the recovery of a cold, infection, or correcting an imbalance within a human or animal.
The word ‘drug’ comes from a Dutch/Low German word “droog” which translates to “dry”. Originally most drugs were derived from the parts of plants that were dried.
Drugs provide a very useful service if used as intended. They can help us conquer the common cold, overcome sleeplessness, and even enable us to prolong our lives and overcome cancer, heart, blood, thyroid, and mental heath issues/problems. Their uses are limitless, and they provide an invaluable service to many people. However, when taken inappropriately, misused, abused, and as other than intended, they can become harmful and destructive. Drugs can be very helpful in treating and healing. Drugs can also be abused and misused; many types of drugs are very addictive.
Each individual drug has its own uses, purposes, and addictive qualities. We have gathered a collection of drug information and factual articles in order to provide you with a greater understanding of drug addiction by knowing and understanding the many different types of drugs that are commonly abused.
Drug Specific Articles and Information
Amphetamines include three closely related synthetic drugs – amphetamine, dexthamphetamines, and methamphetamines.
Anorectic drugs were developed and marketed to replace amphetamines as appetite suppressants.
Barbiturates are prescription sedatives that are available in multi-colored pills or tablet form.
The Benzodiazepines family of depressants is used therapeutically to produce sedation, induce sleep, relieve anxiety and muscle spasms, and to prevent seizures.
Buprenorphine has been approved to be used in the opioid addiction treatment programs.
Butorphanol is a moderate pain medicine that is typically used for migraine control and during labor. Drug abuse of Butorphanol increased significantly after a nasal spray form of the drug was developed.
Club Drugs is a term used to describe a collection of drugs that are used frequently in clubs and at “raves”.
Cocaine is a natural stimulant that derives from the Erythroxylan Coca plant which can be found in South America on the eastern slopes of the Andes. It is commonly found in a fine powdered form that is snorted, or liquefied and injected.
Codeine is a prescription painkiller. It is often prescribed in combination with other drugs as a moderate painkiller and cough suppressant.
Crack Cocaine is the second most commonly used illegal or illicit drug in the United States. Crack is a less expensive hardened form of cocaine that can be smoked.
Crystal Meth is the crystalline, white powder form of amphetamines.
Pure Heroin is a white powder with a bitter taste.
Heroin is a powerfully addictive illegal drug.
Ketamine is a member of the “club drugs.”
Ketamine comes in a clear liquid and a white or off-white powder form and is a tranquilizer most commonly used on animals in veterinary practices.
A green, brown, or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the hemp plant.
Ecstasy is the better known name for MDMA. Ecstasy is considered one of the “club drugs” and is primarily sold and abused in nightclubs, raves, and acid houses.
Methamphetamine is a stimulant; use of methamphetamine speeds up your mind and body. Methamphetamine is also referred to as meth.
OxyContin is a prescription painkiller that is used to control moderate to severe pain.
Oxycontin is a legal, time-released pain medication that comes in tablet form.
Rohypnol and GHB
Rohypnol or “Roofies” produces sedative-hypnotic effects including muscle relaxation. It is in the club drug grouping and is also referred to as a date rape drug.