What are Street Drugs?
Street Drugs are drugs that are sold illegally and are used for inducing mood-altering, stimulating, and sedative effects. The manufacturing of these drugs is illegal because of the effect they cause on a human. They belong to the psychoactive drug category. The street drug works by altering the mental state in a way that modifies one’s emotion, perceptions, and feelings.
Upon consumption of a street drug, an intoxicating effect is produced inside the body. This falls in three categories. First is depressant, which produce a feeling of relaxation and calmness inside the body. Second is stimulants, which produce a reflux of energy and alertness inside the body. The third is psychedelic drugs which cause hallucinations and perceptual distortions.
Street drugs are not taken to cure any medical condition but, most of the time they are self-medication. They are self-medication and generally considered to be a part of social behavior majorly among teenagers. The street drug is another important cause of teen drug abuse.
Street Drug List
Street drugs come with a lot of risks. The drugs can be life-threatening and can cast an unknown effect on the body. Below the street drug lists mentioned along with medicine name and its effects.
- Cannabinoids: Marijuana and hashish are the two substances of this category. The effect of this drug is disrupted sensory perception, imbalance, lack of coordination, increased heart rate and appetite, impaired memory, panic attack, and psychosis.
- Opioids: Heroin and opium are the two substances of this category. The acute effects of opioids are Euphoria, tiredness, lack of coordination, dizziness, loss of perception and confusion, sedation, heaviness in the body, and slow breathing rate.
- Stimulant: Cocaine, Amphetamine, and Methamphetamine are the three substance falling in this category. The disruptive effects of stimulants are elevated heart rate, high blood pressure, high body temperature, high metabolic rate, feeling of exhilaration, high energy, extreme alertness, tremors, low appetite, irritation, psychosis, anxiety, panic attacks, and violent.
- Club drugs: methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), GHB, and Flunitrazepam are the three drugs of this category. All the three cause different effects on the body. MDMA cause effects like a hallucination, elevated tactile sensitivity, empathic feelings, anxiety, chill, sweating, locked jaw, muscle cramps, and joint pain. Flunitrazepam shows acute effects of sedation, muscle relaxation, anxiety, confusion, short term memory loss, drowsiness and lack of coordination. GHB show effects like dizziness, nausea, head and body pain, loss of body balance, impaired coordination, and loss of memory.
- Dissociative drugs: Ketamine, PCP and analogs, Salvia Divinorum, and dextromethorphan (DXM) fall in this category. All of these show range of acute effects like the feeling of being separate from one’s body and environment, lack of motor functioning, loss of memory, respiratory problems, psychosis, aggression, violence, impaired coordination, hallucinations, slurred speech, blurred vision, and confusion.
- Hallucinogens: LSD, Mescaline, and psilocybin are the three substances of this category. The acute effects of them are a loss of perception, nausea, hallucination, increased BP, increased heart rate, excessive sweating, dizziness, fatigue, tremors, and mood swings.
Street drug abuse is the major cause of death among teenagers. The personal and professional lives of many teenagers and adults are disrupted due to this. Street drug abuse is illegal and is one of the major causes of death in many countries.