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Opiate

Q.) What are Opiates? A.) Opiates, sometimes referred to as narcotics, are a group of drugs which are used medically to relieve pain, but also have a high potential for abuse. Some opiates come from a resin taken from the seed pod of the Asian poppy. This group of drugs includes opium, morphine, heroin, and […]

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Morphine

Q) What is Morphine? A) Morphine is a narcotic analgesic. Morphine was first isolated from opium in 1805 by a German pharmacist, Wilhelm Sertürner. Sertürner described it as the Principium Somniferum. He named it morphium – after Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams. Today morphine is isolated from opium in substantially larger quantities – over […]

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Methadone

Q.) Where did Methadone come from? A.) Methadone was originally developed by the Nazis during World War II. When the supply of opium was cut off, Nazi addicts like Hermann Goering (Commander in Chief of the Luftwaffe and Hitler’s designated successor) wanted to avoid the possibility of withdrawal. He instructed the German drug companies to […]

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Methadone

Meth

Q) What is Methamphetamine? A) 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,” “crystal,” and “crank.” Methamphetamine is used in pill form, or in powdered form by snorting or injecting. Crystallized methamphetamine known as “ice,” “crystal,” or […]

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Marijuana

Q.) What is Marijuana? A.) Marijuana is a green or gray mixture of dried, shredded flowers and leaves of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa). It is the most often used illegal drug in this country. All forms of cannabis are mind-altering (psychoactive) drugs; they all contain THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the main active chemical in marijuana. There […]

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LSD

Q) What is LSD? A) LSD (d-lysergic acid diethylamide), commonly called “acid,” was discovered in 1938 and is the most powerful known hallucinogen – a drug that radically changes a person’s mental state by distorting the perception of reality to the point where, at high doses, hallucinations occur. Although it is derived from a fungus […]

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Lortab

Q) What is Lortab? A) Lortab combines a narcotic analgesic (painkiller) and cough reliever with a non-narcotic analgesic for the relief of moderate to moderately severe pain. Q) How is Lortab used? A) Lortab when abused is taken orally, chewed, crushed (then snorted like cocaine), or crushed (then dissolved in water and injected like heroin). […]

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Ketamine

Q) What is Ketamine? A) Ketamine is a short-acting “dissociative” anesthetic due to its ability to separate perception from sensation. It also has hallucinogenic and painkilling qualities that seem to affect people in very different ways. . Ketamine is chemically related to PCP (‘Angel Dust’). Ketamine is occasionally administered to people but, more commonly, is […]

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Ketamine

Hydrocodone

Q) What is Hydrocodone? A) Hydrocodone is an effective antitussive (anti-cough) agent, and as an opiate it is also an effective analgesic for mild to moderate pain control. Five mg of Hydrocodone is equivalent to 30 mg of codeine when administered orally. Early comparisons concluded that Hydrocodone and morphine were equivalent for pain control in […]

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Heroin

Q) What is heroin? A) Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive opiate drug. Its abuse is more widespread than any other opiate. Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of certain varieties of poppy plants. It is typically sold as a white or brownish powder or as the […]

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