The word ‘drug’ is very broad, and can be loosely defined as any substance that produces one or more physiological effects on the body and/or mind. Some drugs are entirely legal and freely available, others are available on prescription only, while still others are illegal to consume, produce or distribute.
While some drugs can have a positive influence and are used to treat a wide spectrum of conditions, others have the power to destroy lives and can be a destructive force in local communities and wider society. Even those which have valid therapeutic purposes or are socially acceptable can lead to addiction and abuse.
To counteract and deal with the negative effects that drugs can have, it’s important to understand the specific substance that is being abused. To this end we have created an extensive database with detailed information about all of the major drugs that can often be abused, both legal and illegal.
Within each entry you’ll find accurate information about the specific drug, along with details of its origin, history and manufacture. To help you identify its use or abuse, we’ve also included all of the popular street names, and a comprehensive list of addiction signs to be aware of.
Whether you’re suffering from a substance addiction yourself or you’re concerned about someone who may be addicted, the ‘Major Effects’ and ‘Facts & Stats’ sections will help you to better understand the drug and its risks. Finally, we’ve included drug-specific information about potential treatments and practical measures for beating the addiction.