Pictures of Commonly Abused Drugs

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a chart showing that the alcohol content is equivalent for 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, and 1.5 ounces of 80 proof liquor

Alcohol

Amphetamine capsules - sometimes called speed or uppers  pharmaceutical tablets of Methylphenidate - commonly known as Ritalin and sometimes abused as a stimulant  assorted shapes of amphetamine tablets - sometimes pills are known by their shapes, such as pink hearts or speckled bird eggs  pharmaceutical amphetamine tablets - commonly abused amphetamines include Desoxyn, Adderall, and Dexadrine

Amphetamines and related stimulants

mixed barbiturate capsules - these prescription sedatives include phenobarbital, secobarbital, amobarbital and others   mixed barbiturate tablets - these prescription sedatives include phenobarbital, secobarbital, amobarbital and others

Barbiturates

mixed pharmaceutical benzodiazepines - these prescription sedatives include diazepam, lorazapam, alprazolam, clonezapam and others - sometimes called downers or tranks (for tranquilizers) Benzodiazepines

coca leaves and processed cocaine - sometimes called coke, blow, girl, snow and many other names  antique patent medicine containing cocaine

Coca (Raw & Prepared)

 processed powdered cocaine - sometimes called coke, blow, girl, snow and many other names processed powdered cocaine - sometimes called coke, blow, girl, snow and many other names 

Cocaine

  glass vial with crack form of cocaine - sometimes called simply crack or rock  glass vials with crack cocaine- sometimes called simply crack or rock glass crackpipe with vials and crack cocaine - - sometimes called simply crack or rock

Crack Cocaine

pharmaceutical codeine with syringe, tablets and capsules cup of cough syrup containing codeine

cough syrup containing codeine  cough syrup containing codeine shown in baby bottles - sometimes codeine cough syrup is called syrup, down, coadies and other names

Codeine/Narcotic Cough Syrup

assorted depressant tablets and capsules - both barbiturates and benzodiazepines are commonly abused depressants  assorted depressant capsules and tablets- both barbiturates and benzodiazepines are commonly abused depressants

Depressants 1

assorted paraphernalia for injecting drugs including syringe, tourniquet and spoon with cotton - sometimes called a kit or works  assorted paraphrenalia for smoking marijuana - includes items sometimes called bongs, roach clips or clips, pipes, and hemostats or stats 

 assorted smoking paraphernalia - includes many types of metal and wooden pipes  assorted paraphernalia to hold marijuana cigarettes - - includes items sometimes called roach clips or clips, and hemostats or stats

Drug

Paraphernalia

plastic baggie of ecstacy tablets - ecstacy is often referred to by the logo embossed into the tablet, such as Euros, Elephants, Doves, and thousands of others. Often users are called rollers and using ecstacy is called rolling. chart showing variety of different types of ecstacy tablets- ecstacy is often referred to by the logo embossed into the tablet, such as Euros, Elephants, Doves, and thousands of others. Often users are called rollers and using ecstacy is called rolling. assorted types of ecstacy tablets- ecstacy is often referred to by the logo embossed into the tablet, such as Euros, Elephants, Doves, and thousands of others. Often users are called rollers and using ecstacy is called rolling.

ecstacy tablet- ecstacy is often referred to by the logo embossed into the tablet, such as Euros, Elephants, Doves, and thousands of others. Often users are called rollers and using ecstacy is called rolling.ecstacy tablet- ecstacy is often referred to by the logo embossed into the tablet, such as Euros, Elephants, Doves, and thousands of others. Often users are called rollers and using ecstacy is called rolling.ecstacy tablet- ecstacy is often referred to by the logo embossed into the tablet, such as Euros, Elephants, Doves, and thousands of others. Often users are called rollers and using ecstacy is called rolling.ecstacy tablet- ecstacy is often referred to by the logo embossed into the tablet, such as Euros, Elephants, Doves, and thousands of others. Often users are called rollers and using ecstacy is called rolling.ecstacy tablet- ecstacy is often referred to by the logo embossed into the tablet, such as Euros, Elephants, Doves, and thousands of others. Often users are called rollers and using ecstacy is called rolling.

Ecstasy

 

(Methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA)

bottle of Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) - sometimes called liquid ecstacy, liquid X, Georgia Home Boy, and other names  bottles of GHB precursors once sold as nutritional supplements - GHB is sometimes called liquid ecstacy, liquid X, Georgia Home Boy, and other names

GHB

(gamma-hydroxybutyrate)

 

white heroin White Heroin heroin packaged into caps and ballonsPackaged Heroin 

brown heroin Brown Heroin black tar heroin  Black Tar Heroin

bottle of pharmaceutical grade ketamine - Some street names for ketamine are: K, Ket, Special K, Vitamin K, Vit K, Kit Kat, Keller, Kelly's day, Green, Blind squid, Cat valium, Purple, Special la coke, Super acid, and Super C. Slang for experiences related to ketamine or effects of ketamine include, "k-hole," "K-land," "baby food," and "God."

Ketamine

LSD - blotter form on printed paper large sheets of blotter type LSD showing variety of colors and pictures - LSD, commonly referred to as "acid" - LSD is impregnated on paper squares, pills, gelatine sheets, sugar cubes or capsules that are all swallowed. Usually LSD is sold as "blotter acid," where the drug is imprinted on small, colorful sheets of paper. LSD - gelatin form sometimes known as windowpane acid - LSD, commonly referred to as "acid". LSD is impregnated on paper squares, pills, gelatine sheets, sugar cubes or capsules that are all swallowed.

Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)

methamphetamine crystals - Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug chemically related to amphetamine but with stronger effects on the central nervous system. Street names for the drug include "speed," "meth," and "crank." Methamphetamine is used in pill form, or in powdered form by snorting or injecting. Crystallized methamphetamine known as "ice," "crystal," or "glass," is a smokable and more powerful form of the drug.

 

powdered form of methamphetamine - Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug chemically related to amphetamine but with stronger effects on the central nervous system. Street names for the drug include "speed," "meth," and "crank." Methamphetamine is used in pill form, or in powdered form by snorting or injecting. Crystallized methamphetamine known as "ice," "crystal," or "glass," is a smokable and more powerful form of the drug.

 

 Methamphetamine

 

a covert methamphetamine laboratory showing glassware

Meth Laboratory

(Speed Lab)

 

pharmaceutical tablets and capsules of Methamphetamine - still actively prescribed as a medication in many countries

Pharmaceutical Grade

 Methamphetamine

 

marijuana packaged in baggie - sometimes called weed, pot, reefer, smoke and many other names

Packaged Marijuana

marijuana shown seeded & rolled for smoking- sometimes called weed, pot, reefer, smoke and many other names assorted paraphernalia for use with marijuana including pipes, rolling papers, clips and covert storage devices

Marijuana

(Seeded & Rolled)

Hashish Oil - thick brown extract of the intoxicating compounds found in marijuana - rare

Hash Oil

morphine powdered and liquid forms with injection paraphernalia - morphine is sometimes called morph, morpheus, or M, among many other names.

Forms of Morphine

oxycodone - a synthetic narcotic sold as a prescription drug and sometimes abused - often called hillbilly heroin, Oxys, and 40s or 80s depending on size. oxycodone chart showing tablets and pills - sometimes known as oxys

OxyContin

(Oxycodone)

 

 

Opium shown in various forms with pod from poppie plant, the source of opium

Opium

(Various forms)

 

 opium in paste form - paste is smoked or refined into other drugs such as heroin or morphine - sometimes called tar, gum, O, guma, dopium and other names.

Opium (Paste)

rohypnol tablets - sometimes known as roofies - a powerful sedative

Rohypnol

(Roofies)

 tablets of Ritalin, a prescription stimulant sometimes abused like amphetamines

Ritalin

diazepam tablets with letter "V" cut-out - brand name Valium, a powerful benzodiazepine

Valium (Diazepam)

Images courtesy of  Indiana Prevention Resource Center and National Institute on Drug Abuse

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