Addiction Encyclopedia

Alcohol

Street Names: “”Booze”” Chemical Composition: Ethyl alcohol (ethanol) is the active ingredient in alcoholic drinks. Take any alcoholic beverage and remove the ingredients that give it taste and color, and you have ethyl alcohol. Remove the water and you have ether. Ether dulls the senses and puts the brain to sleep. Alcohol is a drug. …

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Cocaine

Street Names: “Slang-Coke,” “Dust,” “Toot,””Snow,” “Blow,” “Sneeze,” “Powder,” “Lines,” and “Rock” Chemical Composition: Cocaine comes from the leaves of the coca plant. It is used as a white crystalline powder (cocaine) or as an off-white chunky material (crack). The powder is often “cut” (diluted) with other substances. Crack is processed into tiny chips having the …

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Ecstasy

Street Names: Ecstasy, “XTC,” “E,” “X,” “hug drug,” “MDMA” and “Adam” “People don’t realize how bad it is for your body and mind when you just pop one in your mouth. When you’re on drugs that make you feel as good as this, it comes to a point when you just don’t care anymore. It …

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GBL

Chemical Composition: GBL (Gamma Butyrolactone) and 1,4 BD (1,4-Butanediol) are commonly used in the production of industrial chemical, such as cleaners, adhesives, and paint thinner. GBL is also used in the manufacture of GHB. A 55-gallon drum of GBL will produce 987.8 pounds of sodium GHB, which is equivalent to 98,780 dosage units of GHB. …

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GHB

Street Names: “Liquid Ecstasy,” “Soap,” “Easy Lay,” “Georgia Home Boy,” “Grievous Bodily Harm,” “Liquid X,” and “Goop” “…Rape drugs make it relatively easy for rapists to gain control of their victims. Perpetrators do not have to overcome any form of resistance. They do not have to threaten to harm the victim to get compliance. Nor …

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Hemp

What is industrial hemp? Cannabis Sativa “Industrial hemp and marijuana are the product of the same plant, Cannabis Sativa, and short of chemical analysis, there is no way to discriminate between marijuana-producing plants and hemp-producing plants. The seedlings are the same. Cannabis Sativa plants contain the psychoactive ingredient, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.”[i] Generally, hemp contains the …

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Heroin

Street Names: “Smack,” “skag,” “boy,” “junk,” “H,” “Dugi,” “horse,” “China White,” “mud,” “brown sugar,” and “dope” “Throughout my freshman year of high school I experimented with other drugs and was introduced to heroin. I began to use it occasionally and it quickly progressed from a weekend occurrence, to every couple of days, to daily use. …

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Inhalants

Street Names: “Shoot the breeze,” “Satan’s secret,” “Air Blast,” “Bang,” “Moon gas,” and “Oz” “The boy’s family found him lying dead on the floor of their Spring Hill home. It appeared he had been purposely inhaling the vapors of a carburetor cleaning fluid – one of countless household substances that can provide abusers with a …

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Ketamine

Street Names: “K,” “Special K,” and “Cat Valium” “An alarming number of veterinary clinics continue to be targeted by thieves seeking Ketamine, a drug prized on the club scene for its euphoric and hallucinatory effects. The robberies follow a similar pattern: one or more people show up with a sickly looking dog, usually without an …

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LSD

Street Names: “Acid,” “Microdots,” “Tabs,” “Doses,” “Trips,” “Hits,” “Sugar Cubes,” “Boomers,” “Green or Red Dragon,” “White Lightning,” “Blue Heaven,” and “Yellow Sunshine” “The teen-ager who allegedly stole a vehicle and ran down pedestrians at the San Luis Obispo Farmers Market last month was likely high on acid and ‘out of his mind’ as he drove, …

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