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Health Risks

Health Risks

Here is a listing of drugs of abuse and their health risks. Learn more about health risks at: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/addiction-health

Drug Name



Alcohol (beer, wine, liquor, malt liquor)

• High blood pressure

• Heart disease

• Stroke

• Liver disease

• Digestive problems

• Cancer of breast, mouth, throat, liver and colon

• Dementia

• Depression and anxiety

• Misdemeanor convictions for workplace and campus drug violations can result in a fine, community service and incarceration of up to a year.

• Penalties for violations are based on the classification of the drug or other substance and/or sometimes specified by drug name, ex. marijuana. A substance doesn't have to be listed as a controlled substance to be treated as a substance for criminal prosecution.

• Penalties may include fines up to $10 million and/or up to life in prison.

Federal drug trafficking penalties: www.dea.gov/druginfo/ftp3.shtml

Marijuana and Hashish (blunt, dope, ganja, pot, reefer, skunk, weed, joint)

• Short-­‐term memory impairment

• Learning, mental health decline

• Decreased ability to focus and coordination

• Increased heart rate and risk of psychosis to those who are vulnerable

Cocaine/Crack (blow, bump, C, candy, Charlie, flake, rock, snow)

• Severe consequences impacting heart, respiratory, nervous and digestive systems.

Opiates (heroin, morphine, opium, codeine, Vicodin)

• Increased risk of choking

• Low blood pressure

• Potential for breathing to stop and/or coma

• Hepatitis


• Addiction and fatal overdose

Hallucinogens (PCP, LSD, peyote, magic mushrooms, ecstasy, mescaline, psilocybin)

• Unpredictable effects

• Possible visual, auditory and tactile hallucinations

• Flashbacks and perception disorders

Amphetamines (Benzedrine, Dexedrine, speed, crystal, crank)

• Various harmful and long-­lasting effects to the brain

• Heart problems

• Seizures

Sedatives and Antianxiety (Valium, Quaalude)

• Memory problems

• Low blood pressure

• Slowed breathing; may also cause coma or death