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Health Risks

Health Risks

Here is a listing of drugs of abuse and their health risks.

Drug Name Effects
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
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
  • HIV
  • 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


  • 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 substances 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