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AddictionFurther Information about different types of substance abuse and addictions.
Analgesics are a class of drugs designed to relieve pain without causing the loss of consciousness. Opiates like Morphine, Heroin, Fentanyl and Codeine fall into this category.
Depressants are drugs that slow down the activity of the central nervous system, which reduces a person’s alertness and slows down functions such as breathing and heart rate. Alcohol is the most commonly abused depressant, but this category also includes Barbiturates, Tranquilizers and even Nicotine.
Stimulants, sometimes called “uppers,” temporarily increase alertness and energy. The most commonly used street drugs in this category are cocaine and amphetamines.
Hallucinogens are a class of drugs that cause hallucinations—sensations and images that seem real though they are not. LSD, Peyote (Mescalin), Psilocybin (Mushrooms), Marijuana, PCP and Salvia are all hallucinogenic drugs.