Street drugs are psychoactive drugs that have little to no medical purposes, and therefore, are not available by prescription with few exceptions. Street drugs include groups of drugs classified as uppers, downers, and hallucinogen. Despite the groupings, all are designed to alter mood, provide recreation, or both.
With the exception of marijuana in many states, street drugs are generally entirely illegal, and are considered dangerous for the user’s health and the health of those around him or her. All street drugs can be used in different ways and can affect every individual person differently.
Commonly Abused Street Drugs
Marijuana (THC), is the most commonly used recreational drug other than alcohol. It can be smoked or ingested, and can cause lethargy and hallucinations as well as euphoria and anxiety. Society’s perception of THC has been undergoing a tectonic shift in recent years, and while it is still in flux, it is considered either a street drug, a medicinal drug, or a permissible recreational drug depending on the locality.
Common street names for marijuana include:
Spice, also known as K2, is marketed as a synthetic version of marijuana, but in fact it is a man-made street drug consisting of chemicals sprayed on herbs. There is nothing natural about it, nor is it related to cannabis or THC in any way.
Common street names for Synthetic Marijuana include:
Cocaine is a powerful stimulant glamorized by Hollywood and a favorite drug of the trendy and other people of means. When combined with alcohol at high levels, it can cause sudden death.
Common street names for Cocaine include:
Heroin, like all opioids, has a unique effect on the brain, dulls pain, and operates on all the cells in a human body to create a feeling of euphoria. Often referred to as china white It’s a derivative of the opium poppy and also extremely addictive and dangerous. Some people resort to heroin after losing access to their prescription drugs.
Common street names for Heroin include:
Meth, commonly called Crystal Meth, can be smoked or injected and has been linked to an increased heart rate or heart attacks, delirium, panic, psychosis, and other severe mental health conditions.
Common street names for Methamphetamines include:
Angel Dust or Phencyclidine is widely known in pop culture as the “Superman” drug, making users feel invincible, and often leading to violent outcomes and injuries. The drug has been known to have a strong hallucinogenic effect that increases the risk of violence and rage.
Common street names for Phencyclidine include: