Hugs Not Drugs

By: Shayla Luckow

Warning, drugs can be extremely harmful and dangerous. Many very addicting and can have long term effects. If taken in large amounts can cause death.


What are they? Depressants are drugs that enter a person's central nervous system. These kinds of drugs affect the neurons in the central nervous system causing a feeling of drowsiness, relaxation, lowered inhibition, anesthesia, sleep, coma, and even death. Depressants more specifically attack and effect the neurotransmitters and slow down the nervous system. Depressants are amoung the most used drugs, and have the potential to be addictive. They can have long term effects, such as slowing the brain down all together and some people cannot feel "normal" without the drug.


Alcohol, Barbituates, Benzodiazepines, Gamma Hydroxybutyrate, Roofies, Yellow Jackets, Marijuana, and some Inhalants


Stimulants increase brain activity making a person more alert. They also boost a person's energy and mental well being. There are many legal forms of a stimulant such as caffeine, but any kind of stimulant can be addicting. Many forms of stimulants are similar, but yet of there own characteristics that set them apart from each other. They can also be consumed in another of different ways including; via mouth, snorting, and injecting.

What Stimulants are Legal

Stimulants such as caffeine, tobacco, and energy drinks are legal.


Adderall, Ritalin, Caffeine, Tobacco, Marijuana, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Amphetamines, Nicotine, Speed, Crystal Meth, Ephedrine, and Dexedrine


Hallucinogens are drugs that cause hallucinations. These kinds of drugs are usually not life threatening, but can cause a person to kill themselves when they take them. While a person is under the influence of this drug they hear, see, and feel things that appear to be real, but aren't. Hallucinogens affect the body quickly and can cause fast personality changes and mood swings. When high doses are taken, the drug can cause seizures and convulsions.


Ecstasy, Magic Mushrooms, LSD Tryptamines, Dimethyltryptamine, 5-MeO-DMT, Psilocybin, O-Acetylpsilocin, Miprocin, Bufotenin, Ergonovine, Voacangine, Phenethylamines, Mescaline, 2C-T-21, 2C-T-7, 2C-T-2, 2C-N, Tetramethoxyamphetamine, and Dextromethorphan

Every day in the US, 2,500 youth (12 to 17) abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time.

In 2006 in the United States, 2.6 million people abused prescription drugs for the first time.

In 2005, 4.4 million teenagers (aged 12 to 17) in the US admitted to taking prescription painkillers, and 2.3 million took a prescription stimulant such as Ritalin. 2.2 million abused over-the-counter drugs such as cough syrup. The average age for first-time users is now 13 to 14.

45% of drug related deaths were caused by prescription drugs, many of which were depressants.

Depressants, Stimulants, and Hallucinogens

Classification of Drugs According to Use and Effect

International Overdose Awareness Day

Saturday, Aug. 31st, 12am

The World

A day to recognize what is happening to all the people who have died because of a drug overdose and increase awareness across all countries. It is the number one leading cause of death in the U.S. for 35-54 year olds.