Over the years a tremendous amount of incorrect information about drugs has circulated even among otherwise well meaning adults. While information can be vast and deep, it is important for us to prepare you, as a parent, with some basic information about the effects of certain drugs and the “street” names by which these drugs are referred to. Armed with this information, you can be more aware of drug use warning signs and more equipped to help your child navigate difficult decisions regarding drug use.

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Impaired coordination, slowed reflexes, hangover, accidents as result of impaired ability and judgment, heart and liver damage, may be deadly when mixed with other depressants. Beer, wine and liquor classify as types of alcohol.



Lessened breathing capacity, decreased sense of taste and smell, persistent cough, high blood pressure, increased heart rate, heart disease, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma. Secondhand smoke endangers health of non-smokers. Cigs, butt, smoke, spit, chew and dip classify as phrases associated with types of tobacco.



Altered perceptions, panic reactions, impaired short-term memory, reduced concentration and coordination, fatigue, reduced immunity to disease.  Note:  Over the last decade, the potency of marijuana has greatly increased. Preliminary studies show chronic lung disease in some users. Pot, dope, grass, weed, herb, hash and joints classify as phrases and forms associated with marijuana.



Nausea, dizziness, headaches, lack of coordination, drowsiness, unconsciousness, suffocation, vomiting, damage to brain and central nervous system, heart attack, and sudden death.Gasoline, aerosols, glue, nitrates, paint and Rush classify as phrases and forms associated with inhalants.



Heart failure, stroke, cardiac arrest, aggression, violent behavior, psychotic behavior, false sense of energy, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, mind and mood changes such as anxiety, euphoria, and depression, chronic fatigue, paranoid or delusional thinking, inability to sleep, extreme anorexia. Speed, meth, crystal, crank, tweak, go-fast, ice, glass, uppers, and black beauties classify as phrases and forms associated with Methamphetamine.



Heart attack, impairment of short-term memory, fatigue, high blood pressure, irritability. Because there are some many different types of prescription drugs, the dangers are endless.



Heart attack, seizures, high blood pressure, lung damage, severe depression, paranoia, nasal problems, stroke. Injecting cocaine carries risk of AIDS from contaminated needles. Coke, rock, crack and freebase classify as phrases and forms associated with cocaine.



Depressed breathing and heartbeat; drowsiness, uncoordinated movement; confused behavior; muscle rigidity; possible death, especially when used in combination with alcohol. Barbiturates, Valium, sedatives, downers, tranquilizers, tranks, ludes and reds classify as phrases and forms associated with depressants.



Rotten teeth, bad breath, acne, high blood pressure, heart attack, weight loss, irritability or anxiety, hyperactivity, fatigue leading to exhaustion, paranoia, depression, confusion, possibly hallucinations. Speed, uppers, crank, Barn, black beauties, crystal, dexies, caffeine, nicotine and cocaine classify as phrases and forms associated with stimulants.