Drug Crime:

List and Description of Abused Drugs

Cannabinoids, including hashish and marijuana, can be smoked or swallowed and cause euphoria, slowed thinking, confusion and impaired balance. Use of these drugs can lead to respiratory infections, anxiety and addiction. Hashish is also referred to as chronic or hemp, while marijuana is also known as weed, mary jane, pot or dope.

Depressants including barbiturates, benzodiazepines, flunitrazepam, GHB and methaqualone cause a reduction in anxiety, feelings of well-being, lowered inhibitions and slowed breathing and pulse. Usage of these drugs can lead to fatigue, impaired coordination, respiratory arrest, addiction and death.

Dissociative anesthetics, including ketamine and PCP, can cause an increase heart rate and blood pressure, impaired motor function, memory loss, numbness, nausea and vomiting. Hallucinogens such as LSD (acid), mescaline and psilocybin (mushrooms) can cause altered states of perception and feelings, nausea and can cause persisting perception disorder.

Opioids and morphine derivatives including codeine, fentanyl, heroin and morphine can create pain relief, euphoria and drowsiness. Health effects from these drugs include respiratory arrest, tolerance, addiction, coma and death. Stimulants including amphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy and methamphetamine create and increased heart rate, energy, feelings of exhilaration and an increased mental alertness. These drugs can cause irregular heartbeats, heart failure and insomnia.

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