InhalantsInhalants (glues, aerosol sprays,
gasoline, paints, and paint thinners). These are some of the substances most
frequently abused by junior high students, because they don't cost much and are easy
to get. They contain poisons that can cause brain damage or, in rare
cases, even death with the first use.
Club drugs like
ecstasy (MDMA) and
date rape drugs, such as flunitrazepam
(Rohypnol) and gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB). The number of teens abusing these drugs is small compared with
those abusing cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana. But these club drugs can be dangerous, especially in
overdose or when combined with alcohol or other drugs.
MethamphetamineMethamphetamine (commonly called meth, crank, or speed). Methamphetamine can cause seizures; stroke; serious mental problems, including paranoia,
hallucinations, and delusions; and long-term health
Hallucinogens, including ketamine, LSD, and PCP
(phencyclidine). Serious and lasting problems such
as psychosis or hallucinogenic flashbacks can occur after a teen uses
Opiates, such as codeine,
heroin, and morphine. Teens who use these drugs
may steal, prostitute themselves, or resort to other dangerous or illegal
behavior to buy drugs.
Prescription drugs, such as diazepam (for
example, Valium), hydrocodone and
acetaminophen (Vicodin), and oxycodone (OxyContin). Teens also abuse nonprescription medicines,
such as cough syrups and cold pills.
Anabolic steroidsAnabolic steroids, which teens use to build muscle tissue and decrease body fat.
Steroids can cause liver cancer and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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