Just Say No

Cause's Illness

Stimulants

  • Speeds up Central Nervous System ( brain and spinal cord )
  • Also known as "uppers"
  • Causes heart rate and breathing to speed up; can become very jittery, shaky, and paranoid
  • Examples: MDMA ( ecstasy ), methamphetamine (speed, crank, caffeine, cocaine crack, diet pills, marijuana, steroids.

Depressants

  • Decreases function of brain and respiration
  • Also known as "downers"
  • Causes drowsiness, relaxed muscles, slurred speech, confusion, poor concentration and lowered heart rate

Inhalants

  • Breathable chemicals- common household products
  • Acts like a depressant
  • Also known as "whippets"
  • Causes slurred speech, dizziness, nausea/vomiting, loss of consciousness, brain damage
  • Examples: paint thinner, aerosols, cleaning fluid, gasoline, glues, cooking sprays

Narcotics

  • Drugs which contain opium pr opium substitutes
  • Legal narcotics are given by a doctor to relieve serve pain
  • Examples( Legal ): Morphine, Demoral, Codeine, OxyContin, Vicodin
  • Examples ( Illegal ): opium, heroin-AKA "tar" or "smack"

Hallucinogens

  • Mind-altering drugs
  • Causes hallucinations, flashbacks, & visual/ auditory breakdowns
  • Examples: PCP ("Angel Dust"), LSD ("acid"), ketamine ("Special K"), certain mushrooms ("shrooms" or "magic mushrooms")

Medicines

  • Any safe, effective drug used to cure or treat illness, disease or injury
  • FDA ( Food and Drug Administration) determines the safety and effectiveness of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs
  • Examples: Aspirin, Tylenol, cold & flu medications such as Robitussin, prescription antibiotics