The five different types of drugs

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Stimulant

Stimulant, any drug that excites any bodily function, but more specifically those that stimulate the brain and central nervous system.Stimulants induce alertness, elevated mood, wakefulness, increased speech and motor activity and decrease appetite


Examples: Stimulants, sometimes called “uppers,” temporarily increase alertness and energy. The most commonly used street drugs that fall into this category are cocaine and amphetamines. Prescription stimulants come in tablets or capsules.

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Depressant

Medicine/Medical. having the quality of depressing or lowering the vital activities; sedative.


Examples: Sometimes called “downers,” these drugs come in multicolored tablets and capsules or in liquid form.

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Narcotics

A drug or other substance affecting mood or behavior and sold for nonmedical purposes, especially an illegal one.


Examples:

Dry mouth

Headache

Sedation

Dizziness

Nausea

Constipation

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Hallucinogens

A drug that causes hallucinations. Under the influence of hallucinogens, people see images, hear sounds, and feel sensations that seem real but do not exist.


Example: allucinogens are mind-altering drugs that are commonly known as psychedelics. Learn more about hallucinogens, the most common types and the various affects they have on people.

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Inhalants

Intoxicate inhalants are a broad range of intoxicate drugs whose volatile vapors or gases are taken in via the nose and trachea.


Examples:

  • Inhalants starve the body of oxygen and force the heart to beat irregularly and more rapidly.
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