Illicit Drugs: The Complete List
Illicit drugs are illegal to manufacture, sell, or use. They are typically dangerous addictions, and the drugs themselves may be exposed to contaminants and toxic chemicals during processing. Typically, these drugs fall into one of four categories: sedatives/depressants, hallucinogens, stimulants, and opiates.
Sedatives depress the central nervous system and cause drowsiness and feelings of relaxation. Stimulants, conversely, activate the central nervous system and cause the user to be energetic or hyperactive. Hallucinogens can cause both auditory and visual hallucinations and altered perceptions. Opiates are heavy duty pain killers, and depending on the dose, can produce a sense of euphoria and also induce sleep.
Sedative/Depressant Illicit Drugs Side Effects
- Extreme drowsiness
- Muscle aches and pains
Examples of illicit sedatives include Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB) and Rohypnol (Roofies) which are notorious for use as date rape drugs.
Stimulant Illicit Drugs Side Effects
- Increased blood pressure
- Elevated body temperature
- Weight loss
- Skin ulcers
- Insomnia/sleeping disturbances
Examples of illicit stimulants include cocaine, MDMA, and methamphetamine.
Hallucinogenic Illicit Drugs Side Effects
- Uncoordinated movements
- High blood pressure
- Suicidal or homicidal ideations
Examples of illicit hallucinogens include LSD and magic mushrooms (psilocybin).
Opiate Illicit Drugs Side Effects
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Respiration difficulties
Examples of illicit opiates include all types of heroin and opium, as well as desomorphine.
The following is not an entirely exhaustive list but covers most:
- Bath Salts (Synthetic Cathinones) – Derived from the khat plant.
- Cocaine (All forms, Crack, etc.) – Derived from the coca plant.
- DMT – Derived from the ayahuasca plant.
- Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB)
- Ketamine (Special K)
- Mescaline (Peyote)
- Salvia divinorum
- Inhalants such as gases from aerosol cans and solvents
- Marijuana (Cannabis)
- DMX (OTC Cough Syrup)
- Prescription opioids (Oxycontin, Norco, etc.)
- Prescription stimulatns (Adderall)
- Prescription anti-anxiety (Benzodiazepines such as Xanax and Valium)
- Anabolic steroids
- Synthetic Cannibinoids such as K2 and Spice
If you or someone you know is an addict, please seek help immediately.