Illegal drug use can have serious negative effects on your physical and mental health, relationships with family and friends, and public safety. It may also cause legal and economic problems.
This section offers information on illegal drugs for adults, parents, and teens. You'll also find definitions for common drug terms and learn how different drugs can affect your body and brain.
Parents can access tools and information to help keep their kids drug-free. Teens can learn the dangers of experimenting with illegal drugs and how to say no.
Learn about drugs: youth
Check out DrugsNot4Me to learn the facts about illegal drugs, and their risks.
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Cocaine and crack cocaine
Cocaine is a central nervous system stimulant and comes from the leaves of the South American coca bush.
Ecstasy, also known as MDMA or 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, is a synthetic drug that is both a stimulant and a hallucinogen.
Heroin is a central nervous system depressant. It is a semi-synthetic drug made from morphine, a natural substance that comes from the opium poppy plant.
Learn about drugs: parents
The Youth Drug Prevention for Parents website has a number of features to help you keep your kids away from drugs.
Magic mushrooms (psilocybin)
Psilocybin is a hallucinogen and is the principal psychoactive component of a certain species of mushrooms known as "magic mushrooms."
PCP (phencyclidine) is a synthetic hallucinogen but also combines features associated with stimulants and depressants.
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