drugs info


street name:

Weed, Blunt, Gras, Herb, Pot, Reefer, Smoke, Mary Jane, Skunk, Boom, Gangster, Kiff, Chronic, Ganja, Super Skunk, Purple Haze, Dope, Nederweed.


Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems and seeds from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. The plant contains the mind-altering chemical delta-9-tetyahydrocannabinol (THC) and other related compounds. The extract can also be made from the cannabis plant.

method of use:

Smoking, inhaling and mixing with food or drink.

  1. Short-term memory problem
  2. Anxiety, paranoia, psychosis, hallucination
  3. Panic
  4. Loss of sense of personal identity
  5. Lowered reaction time
  6. Risk of heart attack
  7. Risk of stroke
  8. Problem with coordination
  9. Sexual problem.
  1. Decline in IQ
  2. Lower life satisfaction
  3. Addiction
  4. Potential development of opiate abuse
  5. Relationship problem
  6. Antisocial behaviour
  7. Financial difficulties
  8. Increase welfare dependence
  9. Potential of being unemployed.


street name:

Booze, Sauce, Brews, Brewskis, Hooch, Hard Stuff, Juice.


Alcohol is a drug. Classified as a depressant (slow down vital function), resulting in slurred speech, unsteady movement, disturbed perception and an inability to react quickly.

method of use:


  1. Slurred speech
  2. Drowsiness
  3. Vomiting
  4. Diarrhea
  5. Upset stomach
  6. Headache
  7. Breathing difficulties
  8. Impaired judgement
  9. Unconsciousness
  10. Anemia
  11. Coma
  12. Blackout
  1. Unintentional injuries
  2. Increased on-the-job injuries and loss of productivity
  3. Increased family problems, broken relationships
  4. Alcohol poisoning
  5. High blood pressure, stroke
  6. Liver disease
  7. l Nerve damage
  8. Sexual problems
  9. Permanent damage to the brain
  10. Vitamin B deficiency
  11. Ulcers
  12. Gastritis

Synthetic Drug

street name:

K2, Smiles, Spice, Bath Salts, Blizzard, N-bomb, Fake Weed, Black Mamba


Synthetic drugs are created using man-made chemicals rather than natural ingredients.

Effects on the mind:

  1. Unresponsive
  2. Loss of consciousness
  3. Confusion
  4. Extreme anxiety
  5. Panic attack
  6. Severe paranoia
  7. Delusions
  8. Hallucinations
  9. Psychosis
  10. Potential Suicide

Effect on the body

  1. Nausea and vomiting
  2. Heavy sweating
  3. Uncontrolled/ spastic body movement
  4. Acute kidney injury
  5. Rapid heart rate
  6. High blood pressure
  7. Reduced blood supply to the heart
  8. Heart attack
  9. Convulsions
  10. Seizures

Renal failure, liver damage, seizures, brain death, tremble, insomnia, anxiety, depression, skeletal brain tissue damage, death.


street name:

E, XTC, X, Adam, Hug, Beans, Clarity, Lover’s Speed, Love Drug

method of use

Oral intake (pills, tablets, capsule)

  1. Impaired judgement
  2. False sense of affection
  3. Confusion
  4. Depression
  5. Sleep Problem
  6. Severe anxiety
  7. Paranoia
  8. Drug craving
  9. Muscle tension
  10. Involuntary teeth clenching
  11. Blurred vision
  12. Nausea
  1. Long-lsting brain damage affecting though and memory
  2. It is as if the brain switchboard was torn apart, the rewired backwards
  3. Degenerated nerve branches and nerve endings
  4. Depression, anxiety, memory loss
  5. Kidney failure
  6. Haemorrhaging
  7. Psychosis
  8. Cardiovascular collapse
  9. Convulsions
  10. Death


street name:

Coke, Crack, Flake, Rocks, Snow, Charlie, Sniff


Cocaine is one of the world’s most hazardous narcotics. It has proven nearly impossible to break free from the drug’s physical and emotional grasp once someone starts using it. Physically, it stimulates important receptors (nerve endings that detect changes in the body) in the brain, resulting in pleasure to which users quickly become accustomed. Higher doses and more regular use are the only ways to get the same result

method of use

Oral intake (snoop, inhale from the burning smoke), injection using syringe, chew

  1. Loss of appetite
  2. Increase of heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature
  3. Contracted blood vessel
  4. Increase rate of breathing
  5. Dilated pupils
  6. Disturbed sleeping pattern
  7. Nausea
  8. Hyper-stimulation
  9. Anxiety and paranoia
  10. Depression
  1. Damage to the blood vessels of heart and brain
  2. Liver, kidney and lung damage
  3. High blood pressure
  4. Malnutrition
  5. Severe tooth decay
  6. Sexual problem
  7. Psychosis
  8. Depression
  9. Tolerance and addiction
  10. Auditory and tactile hallucinations


street name:

Speed, Meth, Crystal, Crank, Tweak, Quartz, Go-Fast, Ice, Glass, Tina


  • Methamphetamine is a stimulant that affects the central nervous system and is extremely addictive.
  • Crystal methamphetamine is a type of methamphetamine that resembles glass shards or bluish-white boulders.
  • It is chemically comparable to amphetamine, a stimulant used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy, a sleep disorder

method of use

Smoking, swallowing pill, snorting, injecting the poweder that has been dissolved in water/alcohol

  1. increased alertness and physical activity
  2. decreased appetite
  3. faster breathing
  4. rapid and/or irregular heartbeat
  5. increased blood pressure and body temperature
  1. Anxiety
  2. Changes in brain structure and function
  3. Violent behaviour
  4. Paranoia (extreme and unreasonable distrust of others)
  5. Hallucinations (sensations and images that seem real though they are not)


Examples of Inhalants:


Paint thinners or removers, Dry-cleaning fluids, Gasoline, Lighter fluid, Correction fluids, Glue


Aerosol computer cleaning products, Vegetable oil sprays, Spray paints, Hair/ deodorant sprays


Butane lighters, Dispensers, Propane tanks, Anesthesia (ether, chloroform, nitrous oxide)

street names:

Poppers, Laughing Gas, Whippets, Rush

Withdrawal symptoms

  1. Loss of appetite
  2. Sweating
  3. Mood changes
  4. Sleeping problems
  1. Slurred/ distorted speech
  2. Euphoria (feeling high)
  3. Dizziness
  4. Lack of coordination

People may also experience hallucinations (seemingly real but unreal pictures or feelings), or delusions (false beliefs). Many people feel less self-conscious and in control after repeated inhalations.

  1. Liver and kidney damage
  2. Hearing loss
  3. Bone marrow damage
  4. Loss of coordination and muscle cramps
  5. Delayed behaviour development
  6. Brain damage
  7. HIV/ AIDS/ hepatitis (happens when nitrites are misused for sexual pleasure)
  8. Overdose (might cause seizures and coma)


Heroin is a synthetic opioid manufactured from morphine, a natural chemical extracted from the seed pods of several opium poppy plants growing in Southeast and Southwest Asia, Mexico, and Colombia.

Heroin can come in the form of a white or brown powder, as well as a black sticky material known as black tar heroin.

street names:

Horse, Smack, H, Skag, Junk, Brown Sugar

Withdrawal symptoms

  1. restlessness
  2. Severe bone and muscular ache
  3. Sleep issues
  4. Vomiting and diarrhoea
  5. Goosebumps and cold flashes (“cold turkey”)
  6. Legs that move inexorably (“kicking the habit”)
  7. Serious heroin craving
  1. Dry mouth
  2. Skin flushes
  3. Sore of arms and legs
  4. Nausea and vomiting
  5. Clouded mental functioning
  6. Severe itching
  7. Going “on the nod,” a conscious and semiconscious condition that alternates.
  1. Insomnia
  2. Collapsed veins for people who inject the drug
  3. Damaged tissue inside the nose (people who sniff or snort it)
  4. Infection of the heart lining and valves
  5. Abscess (a painful collection of pus, usually caused by a bacterial infection)
  6. Constipation and stomach cramping
  7. Liver and kidney disease
  8. Lung complications, i.e.: pneumonia
  9. Psychological disorders (depression and antisocial personality disorder)
  10. Sexual dysfunction for men
  11. Irregular menstrual cycles for women
  12. Might clog blood vessels in the lungs, liver, kidneys, or brain, causing irreversible damage.
  13. HIV and hepatitis (Sharing drug injection equipment)


  1. LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a highly strong hallucinogen that was first produced in 1938.
  2. It is manufactured synthetically from lysergic acid, which is present in the fungus ergot, which grows on rye and other grains.
  3. Its effects, sometimes referred to as a “trip,” can be energising, enjoyable, and mind-altering, or they can result in an unpleasant, sometimes terrifying experience known as a “bad trip.”
  4. LSD is made as a crystalline substance that is then blended with inert components or diluted as a liquid to make ingestible forms.
  5. It has a somewhat bitter flavour and is odourless and colourless.
  6. LSD is commonly found in various forms: blotter paper (LSD soaked onto sheets of absorbent paper with colourful designs; cut into little, individual dosage units) is the most frequent form of gelatin thin squares (commonly referred to as windowpanes)
  7. Liquid on sugar cubes pure liquid form (typically little tablets known as Microdots) or capsules (may be extremely potent)
  8. Some people may inhale LSD through the nose (snort) or inject it into a vein (shoot it up).

Hallucinogens include:

  1. Psilocybin (Magic Mushrooms, Shrooms)
  2. Mescaline (Peyote, Buttons, Cactus)
  3. Phencyclidine (PCP, Angel Dust)
  4. Ayahuasca (DMT)
  5. Salvia divinorum (salvia)

Brain Effects

  1. Mood disturbance
  2. Sensory perception
  3. Sleep issues
  4. Hunger
  5. Body temperature instability
  6. Deprived sexual behavior
  7. Intestinal muscle control

street names:

Acid, Cid, Blotter, Heavenly Blue, Microdot, Purple Heart, California Sunshine, Tab, Dots

Withdrawal symptoms

  1. Anxiety
  2. Lack of Concentration
  3. Confusion
  4. Depersonalization (It can be difficult for the person to distinguish between reality and the experience of a trip, so depersonalization can be part of that transition as someone stops using the drug)
  5. Flashbacks
  1. Euphoria (state of intense excitement)
  2. Dilation of pupils
  3. Perceptual changes, such as visual and auditory hallucinations.
  4. Confusion and trouble concentrating
  5. Headaches
  6. Nausea
  7. Fast or irregular heartbeat
  8. Increased body temperature
  9. Breathing quickly
  10. Vomiting
  11. Facial flushes, sweating and chills.
  12. Changes in sense of time (e.g.: feels that time is passing by slowly)
    • Persistent Psychosis

    – Visual disturbances

    – Thoughts in disarray

    – Paranoia (unjustified suspicion and mistrust of others)

    – Mood changes

    • Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD)

    – Recurring drug-induced hallucinations or other visual disturbances. These flashbacks frequently occur without warning and can occur anywhere from a few days to over a year after drug usage. These signs and symptoms are frequently misdiagnosed as a stroke or a brain tumour.

Misused Prescriptions of Drugs

  1. Taking medication in a way or dose other than prescribed; taking someone else’s prescription, even if for a legitimate medical complaint such as pain; or taking a medication to feel euphoria are all examples of prescription drug misuse (i.e., to get high).
  2. These types of misuse are referred to as nonmedical usage of prescription medications.
  3. The three most abused medicine classes are:
    1. Opioids are commonly used to relieve pain in the central nervous system.
    2. Anxiety and sleep disturbances are treated using depressants (which include tranquillizers, sedatives, and hypnotics).
    3. Stimulants are commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
    4. Dextromethorphan (DXM) are used as cough and cold treatments.

Effects of misused prescriptions of drugs (brain)

  1. Prescription opioid pain relievers: attach to opioid receptors on cells, which are the same receptors that respond to heroin. These receptors are located on nerve cells in various parts of the brain and body, particularly in sections of the brain involved in pain and pleasure perception.
  2. Prescription stimulant (Ritalin): cause a buildup of the brain neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, comparable to cocaine.
  3. Prescription depressants (GHB and Rohypnol): make people feel calm and comfortable.
  4. Dextromethorphan (DXM): When consumed in big doses, it can cause awareness to be distorted and time perception to be altered. It is also known to create hallucinations.

Effects of misused prescriptions of drugs (body)

  1. Opioids (Oxycodone and Codeine): might make you drowsy, sick to your stomach, and constipated. Opioids can make it difficult to breathe properly when overdoses, to death.
  2. Stimulants (Adderall or Ritalin): can make you feel paranoid. It can also raise your body temperature dangerously high and cause your heart to beat too quickly when it is consumed in big doses or in ways other than by ingesting a pill.
  3. Depressants (Barbiturates): Slurred speech, shallow breathing, tiredness, dizziness, and loss of coordination. Seizures can occur in people who abuse antidepressants on a regular basis and then abruptly cease. Depressants, especially when taken with alcohol, can induce overdose and mortality at greater doses.
  4. DXM: hot flashes, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, lack of coordination, panic attack, seizures, slurred speech, high blood pressure, rapid eye movement, rash, feeling of floating.

street names:

Acid, Cid, Blotter, Heavenly Blue, Microdot, Purple Heart, California Sunshine, Tab, Dots

Withdrawal symptoms

  1. Opioids:
  2. Abdominal cramping
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Dilated pupils
  5. Goose bumps
  6. Nausea
  7. Vomiting

Can drug use and addiction be prevented?

Drug use and addiction can be prevented or reduced through prevention initiatives including families, schools, communities, and the media.

Education and outreach are part of these program to educate individuals realise the dangers of drug usage.

People inject, sniff, snort, or smoke heroin. Some people mix heroin with crack cocaine, a practice called speed balling.