Terms You Should Know About Drug Abuse

Addiction

The state of being enslaved to a habit or practice –anything that is psychologically or physically habit forming.

Alcoholism

A chronic disorder characterized by a dependency on, or repeated, excessive use of alcohol. Could cause cirrhosis of the liver and the decreased ability to function socially, physically and mentally.

Carcinogen

Any substance that causes cancer. Cigarettes contain major potent carcinogens.

Cocaine

A crystalline white powder that is used for its stimulant and euphorigenic qualities.

Drug

Any substance that alters the mind and/or body.

Hallucinogens

A type of drug that can be divided into three categories: psychedelics, dissociatives and deliriants. These psychoactive drugs cause people to see things that aren't there, and experience other hallucinations. One of the most famous hallucinogens is LSD, aka Acid.

Inhalants

Organic solvents inhaled for their ability to alter a person's consciousness or mood. Teens and drug addicts utilize inhalants such as glue, aerosol spray cans, gasoline and paint thinner to achieve a high. These drugs can kill by hypoxia (a lack of oxygen) and destroy brain cells.

Marijuana

The dried leaves of the hemp plant. It is smoked as a narcotic or a hallucinogen and is one of the most popular and common among teenage drug users.

Methamphetamine

More commonly known as "meth", this psycho stimulant is prescribed to rarely severe cases of ADHD and narcolepsy. It causes a release of serotonin and dopamine, the "feel good" chemicals of the brain, causing euphoria and excitement.

Oxycodone

A painkilling medication abusers use by crushing the tablets and snorting or injecting. Oxycodone is extremely addictive and is generally used with alcohol or other depressants, which can easily lead to death. Oxycodone is one the most widely abused prescription drugs in the US.

Ritalin

A prescription stimulant prescribed to treat ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). Since it has a "calming" effect on the human nervous system, many young adults are taking illicit Ritalin in order to help them maintain concentration when studying for exams. Adderall, another ADD or ADHD drug is abused similarly.

Sources:
The Partnership for a Drug-Free America
Dictionary.com