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NCJ Number: 202056 Find in a Library
Title: New Street Drugs
Journal: Healing  Volume:7  Issue:2  Dated:Fall 2002  Pages:11-14
Author(s): Ginger Jackson
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 4
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the behavioral and physical symptoms of various forms of substance abuse.
Abstract: Impaired judgment is one of the most common signs of substance abuse and is frequently the first sign of drug use. Dissociative or antisocial behavior, especially toward family members, is another common sign. This can also include conflict with others, a low frustration tolerance, rejection of authority and discipline, and inadequate conscience development. Physical signs of drug use include confusion, paranoia, memory loss, sleeplessness or excessive sleep, aggressive behavior, extreme energy, and depression. Some of these symptoms will be present while the abuser is actively using the drug. Others are apparent when the abuser starts losing the high of the drug. One of the newest and most popular street drugs is XTC or ecstasy, also known as MDMA. XTC is a hallucinogenic stimulant that produces a strong sense of euphoria. It is the drug of choice at most raves--all-night dance parties that are popular among many young adults. PMA is often sold as ecstasy but is cheaper to make and has weaker effects. Ketamine HCL, or Special K, is commonly used at raves and in conjunction with Ecstasy. GHB, known as the date rape drug, is used by individuals to sedate others for non-consensual sex. Rohypnol is also used as a date rape drug and impairs judgment and motor skills. DXM is often laced with mescaline or LSD and is another rave drug. PCP is sold on street corners, at raves, and in areas where cocaine and crack cocaine are sold. LSD is a strong hallucinogenic drug and is widely sold over the Internet and at raves. Oxycontin is an opioid that produces effects similar to heroin. Oxycontin is considered an extremely dangerous drug because it is highly and quickly addictive. Inhalants include aerosols, glues, and solvents. Sniffing the inhalant, called huffing, can cause brain damage or sudden death. Anabolic steroids are popular among weightlifters, bodybuilders, and athletes. Its use can lead to aggressive behavior, depression, liver damage, heart attacks, and strokes.
Main Term(s): Drug abuse; Drug effects
Index Term(s): Controlled Substances; Drug dependence; Drug information; Drug use; Juvenile drug use; Toxic reactions
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