Safe Use

Know Your Medicine

Many medications can be misused or abused. The most common ones that lead to serious problems are listed here.

Know Your Medicine

Pain Relievers1,2

Generic Name:
Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Diphenoxylate, Morphine, Codeine, Fentanyl, Propoxyphene, Hydromorphone, Meperidine, Methadone

Brand Names:
OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet, Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet, Lomotil, Kadian, Avinza, MS Contin, Duragesic, Darvon, Dilaudid, Demerol

Street Names:
Hillbilly heroin, Oxy, OC, Oxycotton, Percs, Happy Pills, Vikes, Vikings, Big O, Black stuff, Block, Gum, Hop

Use:
Properly: Swallowed
Improperly: Smoked, snorted or injected

Effects:
Blocks pain. Can cause relaxation, euphoria, drowsiness, impaired coordination, dizziness, confusion, nausea, slow or arrested breathing

Health Risks:
Constipation, endocarditis, hepatitis, HIV, overdose, precursor to heroin use, death

Addictive?
YES

 

Know Your Medicine

Stimulants1,3

Generic Name:
Amphetamines, Methylphenidate

Brand Names:
Adderall, Dexedrine, Ritalin, Concerta

Street Names:
Uppers, Skippy, The Smart Drug, Study Drugs, Vitamin R, Bennies, Black Beauties, Roses, Hearts, Speed

Use:
Properly: Swallowed
Improperly: Snorted or injected

Effects:
Increased energy and alertness, euphoria, reduced appetite, hallucination

Health Risks:
Depression, insomnia, irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, seizure, stroke, intense anger, paranoid psychosis, death

Addictive?
YES

Know Your Medicine

Anti-Anxiety3,4,5

Generic Name:
Diazepam, Chlordiazepoxide, Alprazolam, Triazolam, Estazolam, Secobarbital, Pentobarbital, Methaqualone

Brand Names:
Valium, Librium, Xanax, Halcion, ProSom, Nembutal, Quaalude, Seconal

Street Names:
Downers, goof balls, tranks, xanies, xan bars, footballs

Use:
Properly: Swallowed
Improperly: Snorted

Effects:
Reduce anxiety, lower inhibitions, poor concentration and coordination, decreased sexual interest, slowed reflexes, cloudy judgment

Health Risks:
Sleep disturbances, memory problems, confusion, respiratory, death

Addictive?
YES