Drugs of abuse & addiction

Information for adults, parents and teens on illegal drugs such as magic mushrooms, ketamine, methamphetamine (meth) and ecstasy.

Alcohol abuse

Alcohol is a depressant drug that slows down your body's central nervous system.

Bath Salts

"Bath salts" (also known as synthetic cathinones) are man-made designer drugs that produce both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects.

Cocaine and crack cocaine

Cocaine is a central nervous system stimulant and comes from the leaves of the South American coca bush.

Drug terms

When the term "drug" is used in this section, it refers to illegal drugs such as marijuana, ecstasy, GHB, heroin, ketamine, LSD, methamphetamine, magic mushrooms, and PCP.


Ecstasy, also known as MDMA or 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, is a synthetic drug that is both a stimulant and a hallucinogen.

GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate)

GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) is a central nervous system depressant, naturally present in the body in very small amounts. However, it can also be made in illegal labs and sold on the street.


Heroin is a central nervous system depressant. It is a semi-synthetic drug made from morphine, a natural substance that comes from the opium poppy plant.


Ketamine is a synthetic drug which is a hallucinogen but also combines features associated with stimulants and depressants.

Learn about drugs: parents

The Youth Drug Prevention for Parents website has a number of features to help you keep your kids away from drugs.

Learn about drugs: youth

Check out DrugsNot4Me to learn the facts about illegal drugs, and their risks.

LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide)

LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a semi-synthetic hallucinogen that is commonly referred to as "acid."

Magic mushrooms (psilocybin)

Psilocybin is a hallucinogen and is the principal psychoactive component of a certain species of mushrooms known as "magic mushrooms."

Marijuana, hash and hash oil

Marijuana, hash, hash oil, and hemp are different products coming from the Cannabis sativa plant. They all contain the hallucinogen tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) but in different concentrations

Methamphetamine (speed, crystal meth)

Methamphetamine ("crystal meth" or "speed") is a synthetic central nervous system stimulant.

PCP (phencyclidine)

PCP (phencyclidine) is a synthetic hallucinogen but also combines features associated with stimulants and depressants.

Prescription drug abuse

Many people believe that prescription drugs are safer than illegal drugs. When abused, prescription drugs can lead to addiction, serious side effects, and even death.


"Spice" (also known as synthetic cannabinoids) is a term for products containing man-made herbal blends that produce powerful marijuana-like effects.

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