List of common street drugs and what they look like

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  • Cocaine (COC)

    Street terms for cocaine: blow, nose candy, snowball, tornado, wicky stick

    What are the different forms of cocaine?

    • White crystalline powder

    • "Crack" or "rock" cocaine is an off-white chunky material.

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    How is cocaine used?

    • Powder cocaine is generally snorted or dissolved in water and injected.

    • Crack cocaine is usually smoked.2

    Who uses cocaine?

    • Cocaine is the second most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.

    • About 10 percent of Americans over the age of 12 have tried cocaine at least once in their lifetime, about 2 percent have tried crack, and nearly one percent is currently using cocaine.

    How does cocaine get to the United States?

    • The United States-Mexico border is the primary point of entry for cocaine shipments being smuggled into the United States.

    • Organized crime groups based in Colombia control the worldwide supply of cocaine.

    How much does cocaine cost?

    • Cocaine prices depend upon the purity of the product.

    • In 2001, cocaine purity declined by 8 percent, from 86 percent pure in 1998 to a 78 percent pure in 2001. The decrease in purity indicates a decrease in the supply of cocaine in the United States.

    • Cocaine remained low and stable, which suggests a steady supply to the United States.

    • Nationwide, prices ranged from $12,000 to $35,000 per kilogram.

    What are some consequences of cocaine use?

    • Cocaine is powerfully addictive.

    • Smoking crack can cause severe chest pains with lung trauma and bleeding.

    • The mixing of cocaine and alcohol create cocaethylene while increasing risk of sudden death.

    • Cocaine-related deaths are often a result of cardiac arrest or seizures followed by respiratory arrest.

  • Methamphetamine (mAMP)

     Methamphetamine  (the most commonly used form of Amphetamine)

    (Amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, methamphetamine, and their various salts are collectively referred to as amphetamines. In fact, their chemical properties and actions are so similar that even experienced users have difficulty knowing which drug they have taken. Methamphetamine is the most commonly abused.)

     

    Street terms for methamphetamine: Meth, poor man's cocaine, crystal meth, ice, glass, speed

     

    What Does Methamphetamine Look Like?

    • Typically meth is a white, odorless powder that easily dissolves in water.

    • Another form of meth, in clear chunky crystals, called crystal meth, or ice.

    • Meth can also be in the form of small, brightly colored tablets. The pills are often called by their Thai name, yaba.

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    What are the methods of usage?

    • Injecting

    • Snorting

    • Smoking

    • Oral ingestion

    Who uses methamphetamine and amphetamines?

    • During 2000, 4% of the U.S. population reported trying methamphetamine at least once in their lifetime.

    • Abuse is concentrated in the western, southwestern, and midwestern United States.

    How do methamphetamine and amphetamines get to the United States?

    • Clandestine laboratories in California and Mexico are the primary sources of supply for methamphetamine available in the United States.

    • Domestic labs that produce methamphetamine are dependent on supplies of the precursor chemical pseudoephedrine, which is sometimes diverted from legitimate sources. It is smuggled from Canada, and to a lesser extent from Mexico.

    • Domestic independent laboratory operators, mostly in the western, southwestern, and midwestern United States, also produce and distribute methamphetamine but on a smaller scale.

    • Yaba (meth in tablet form) is most often produced in Southeast Asia and sent by mail courier to the United States.

    How much do methamphetamine and amphetamines cost?

    • Prices for methamphetamine vary throughout different regions of the United States.

  • Amphetamine / Stimulants (AMP)

     Amphetamines (same as Methamphetamine)

    (Amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, methamphetamine, and their various salts are collectively referred to as amphetamines. In fact, their chemical properties and actions are so similar that even experienced users have difficulty knowing which drug they have taken. Methamphetamine is the most commonly abused.)

     

    Street terms for methamphetamine: Meth, poor man's cocaine, crystal meth, ice, glass, speed

     

    What Does Methamphetamine Look Like?

    • Typically meth is a white, odorless powder that easily dissolves in water.

    • Another form of meth, in clear chunky crystals, called crystal meth, or ice.

    • Meth can also be in the form of small, brightly colored tablets. The pills are often called by their Thai name, yaba.

    What are the methods of usage?

    • Injecting

    • Snorting

    • Smoking

    • Oral ingestion

    Who uses methamphetamine and amphetamines?

    • During 2000, 4% of the U.S. population reported trying methamphetamine at least once in their lifetime.

    • Abuse is concentrated in the western, southwestern, and midwestern United States.

    How do methamphetamine and amphetamines get to the United States?

    • Clandestine laboratories in California and Mexico are the primary sources of supply for methamphetamine available in the United States.

    • Domestic labs that produce methamphetamine are dependent on supplies of the precursor chemical pseudoephedrine, which is sometimes diverted from legitimate sources. It is smuggled from Canada, and to a lesser extent from Mexico.

    • Domestic independent laboratory operators, mostly in the western, southwestern, and midwestern United States, also produce and distribute methamphetamine but on a smaller scale.

    • Yaba (meth in tablet form) is most often produced in Southeast Asia and sent by mail courier to the United States.

    How much do methamphetamine and amphetamines cost?

    • Prices for methamphetamine vary throughout different regions of the United States.

     

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  • Marijuana (THC)

    Street terms for marijuana: grass, pot, weed, bud, Mary Jane, dope, indo, hydro

     

    What does marijuana look like?

    • A green, brown, or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the hemp plant. ("Cannabis" refers to marijuana and other drugs made from the same plant.)

    • Other forms, less common in the United States, are hashish and hashish oil. What are the methods of usage?

    • Marijuana is usually smoked as a cigarette (called a joint) or in a pipe or bong.

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    What are some consequences of marijuana use?

    • May cause frequent respiratory infections, impaired memory and learning, increased heart rate, anxiety, panic attacks, tolerance, and physical dependence.

    • Use of marijuana during the first month of breast-feeding can impair infant motor development.

    • Chronic smokers may have many of the same respiratory problems as tobacco smokers including daily cough and phlegm, chronic bronchitis symptoms, frequent chest colds; chronic abuse can also lead to abnormal functioning of lung tissues.

    • A study of college students has shown that skills related to attention, memory, and learning are impaired among people who use marijuana heavily, even after discontinuing its use for at least 24 hours.

    Who uses marijuana?

    • Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug.

    • At least one-third of Americans have used marijuana sometime in their lives.6

    How does marijuana get to the United States?

    • Marijuana produced in Mexico and smuggled into the U.S. remains the most widely available.

    • High-potency marijuana also enters the U.S. drug market from Canada.

    • U.S. drug law enforcement reporting suggests increased availability of domestically grown marijuana.7

    • The availability of marijuana from Southeast Asia generally is limited to the West Coast.

    How much does marijuana cost?

    • Prices for commercial-grade marijuana have remained relatively stable over the past decade, ranging from approximately $400 to $1,000 per pound in U.S. Southwest border areas to between $700 to $2000 per pound in the Midwest and northeastern United States.

     

     

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  • Opiate Morphine / Heroin / Codeine (MOP)

    Opiate refers to any drug that is derived from the opium poppy.

     

    Street terms for heroin: smack, thunder, hell dust, big H, nose drops

     

    What does heroin look like?

    • Pure heroin is a white powder with a bitter taste.

    • Most illicit heroin varies in color from white to dark brown.

    • "Black tar" heroin is sticky like roofing tar or hard like coal, and its color may vary from dark brown to black.

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    How is heroin used?

    • Injecting

    • Smoking

    • Snorting

    Who uses heroin?

    • In the United States in 1999 there were 104,000 new heroin users.

    • In 2000, approximately 1.2% of the population reported heroin use at least once in their lifetime.

    How does heroin get to the United States?

    • The U.S. heroin market is supplied entirely from foreign sources of opium.

    • Production occurs in South America, Mexico, Southeast Asia, and Southwest Asia.

     

    How much does heroin cost?

    • Nationwide, in 2000, South American heroin ranged from $50,000 to $200,000 per kilogram. Southeast and Southwest Asian heroin ranged in price from $40,000 to $190,000 per kilogram. Wholesale-level prices for Mexican heroin were the lowest of any type, ranging from $13,200 to $175,000 per kilogram. The wide range in kilogram prices reflects variables such as buyer / seller relationships, quantities purchased, purchase frequencies, purity, and transportation costs.

    What are some consequences of heroin use?

    • One of the most significant effects of heroin use is addiction. Once tolerance happens, higher does become necessary to achieve the desired effect, and physical dependence develops.

    • Chronic use may cause collapsed veins, infection of heart lining and valves, abscesses, liver disease, pulmonary complications, and various types of pneumonia.

    • May cause depression of central nervous system, cloudy mental functioning, and slowed breathing to the point of respiratory failure

     

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