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Drug Facts You Need to Know: Depressants & Stimulants

Drug Facts You Need to Know


Product names: Sleeping pills and tranquilizers (Seconal, Nembutal,Quaalude, Norcet, Valium, Librium, Tauxene, Ativan, Xanax, Serax)

Street names:
Downers, Ludes, Vs, Blues, Goofball, Red Devil, Blue Devil, Phennies, Peanuts, Yellow Jackets, Pink Ladies, Christmas Trees

Symptoms of Use:
Drowsiness, confusion, incoordination, tremors, slurred speech, dressed pulse rate, shallow respiration, dilated pupils

Potential Consequences:
Anxiety, depression, restlessness, psychotic episodes, chronic fatigue, insomnia, changes in eyesight, irregular menstruation, stopped breathing, suicide, dependence requiring more of the drug to get the same effect, severe withdrawal symptoms

Route of administration:

Medical uses: For tranquilization, sedation, and sleep

Legal status:
Prescription only


Product names: Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, Biphetamine, Dexedrine, Desoxyn, Tenuate, Ionamin, Methcathinone

Street Names: Methamphetamine—Speed, Crystal, Meth, Ice, Glass, Crank, Go, Methcathinone—Cat, Jeff, Goob, Stat, Star, Amphetamine—Bennies, Benz, Uppers, Dexedrine—Dexies, Brownies

Symptoms of use: Excitability, tremors, insomnia, sweating, dry mouth and lips, bad breath, dilated pupils, weight loss, hallucinations

Potential consequences: Weight loss, nutritional deficiency, chronic sleep problems, high blood pressure, paranoia, anxiety or nervousness, decreased emotional control, severe depression, violent behavior, death from heart failure or suicide

Routes of administration: Ingested

Medical use: For narcolepsy, obesity, hyperkinesis

Legal status: Prescription only

Drug Facts You Need to Know