The Drugs Children Use

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse - www.drugabuse.gov
Drug/Street Names How long high lasts in hours Health Effects Symptoms
Alcohol 1-12 Causes depression, aggression, blurred speech, muscular incoordination. Frequent use can lead to cirrhosis of liver, pancreatitis, brain disorders, vitamin deficiencies and malnutrition. Puffiness of face, redness of eyes, depression, disorientation, shallow respiration, nausea, cold and clammy skin, dehydration.
Marijuana, pot, dope, blunt, ganja, reefer, grass, herb, Mary Jane, skunk, weedHashish, boom, chronic, hash, hash oil, hemp 2-4 Can impair memory, perception and judgment by destroying brain cells. Raises blood pressure. Contains more known carcinogens than cigarettes. Euphoria, relaxed inhibitions, disoriented behavior, staring off into space, hilarity without cause, time distortion, bloodshot eyes, dry mouth and throat.
Barbiturates, barbs, red birds, phennies, tooies, red devils, yellow jackets Methalqualone, quaaludes, ludes, 1-16 Can cause slurred speech, staggering gait, poor judgment and slow, uncertain reflexes. Large doses can cause unconsciousness and death. Slurred speech, disorientation, drunken behavior with no odor of alcohol, sedation.
Rohypnol, forget-me pill, Mixican Valiium, R2, Roche, roofies
Cocaine, coke, snow, blow, gold dust, lady ½ -2 Causes dilated pupils and increased blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate and body temperature. Can cause seizures, heart attacks and death. Apathy, anxiety, sleeplessness, paranoia, hallucinations, craving for more cocaine, weight loss, constant sniffing.
Crack cocaine, crack, rock 5-10 minutes More and stronger cocaine is getting to the brain quicker, increasing risks of Same as cocaine. (see above)
Amphetamines, uppers, speed, black beauties, dexies ½ - 2 Increases heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure. High doses can cause tremors, loss of coordination and death from stroke or heart failure. Frequent use of large amounts can produce brain damage, ulcers and malnutrition. Decreased appetite, dilated pupils, sleeplessness, agitation, unusual increase in activity.
Methamphetamine, chalk, crank, crystal, fire, glass, go fast, ice, speed, meth Increased heart rate, blood pressure, metabolism. Cardiac and neurological damage, impaired memory and learning. Feelings of exhilaration, energy, increased mental alertness. Aggression, violence, psychotic behavior and memory loss.
PCP (phencyclidine), angel dust, killer weed, crystal cyclone, elephant tranquilizer, rocket fuel Variable Increased heart rate and blood pressure. Large doses can cause convulsions, comas, heart and lung failure and ruptured brain vessels. Users may show long-term effects on memory, judgment, concentration and perception. Sweating, dizziness, numbness, hallucinations, confusion, agitation. Violent and aggressive or silent and withdrawn state.
Heroin, junk, smack, dope, brown sugar, Mexican brown, China white, Persian porcelain, “H” 12-24 Repeated use can lead to infections of heart lining and valves, skin abscesses and congested lungs. Can lead to convulsions, coma and death. Watery eyes, runny nose, yawning, loss of appetite, tremors, irritability, panic, chills, sweating, cramps, nausea.
Inhalants (inhaled through a saturated cloth or in a bag covering nose and mouth)Solvents, gases, aerosol cans, amyl nitrate, gasoline, lighter fluid, laughing gas, poppers, snappers, whippets Variable Brain damage occurs when used over a long period of time. All of these chemicals carry considerable risk, particularly of cardiac arrhythmia. Very alert, keen senses, hallucinations, dizziness, scrambled words and disconnected sentences, nosebleeds, headaches and eye pain. Child smells like whatever substance the child was inhaling.
Hallucinogens/LSD, Mescaline, Peyote, mushrooms 3-12 Dilated pupils, nausea, increased blood pressure, hallucinations, stomach cramps, blackouts. Flashbacks, a recurrence of the drug effects, may be a problem for some. Beady eyes, nervous, erratic behavior, laughing, crying, personality changes, “sees” smells, “hears” colors. Marked depersonalization.
MDMA, Adam, Ecstacy, “X”, X-TC Variable – up to days Increased heart rate and blood pressure. Blurred vision, chills, sweating. Believed to cause permanent brain damage. Confusion, depression, sleep problems, anxiety, paranoia, muscle tension, involuntary teeth clenching, nausea.