Author Archives: Cindy

Propofol or Diprivan

What is Propofol or Diprivan? Diprivan is a powerful sedative given intravenously to induce and maintain anesthesia or sedation during surgery and certain medical tests and procedures. Medical supervision is required to administer and monitoring is required when administering Diprivan. …

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Prescription Stimulants

What are Prescription Stimulants? A class of drugs that enhance brain activity. Prescription stimulants were used historically to treat asthma, obesity, neurological disorders, and a variety of other ailments, before their potential for abuse and addiction became apparent. What do …

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Prescription Sedatives Tranquilizers

What are Prescription Sedatives Tranquilizers? Prescription medications that act as central nervous system depressants. Barbiturates are prescription sedatives or “sleeping pills” and benzodiazepines are prescription “tranquilizers. What does it look like? Multi-colored tablets and capsules; some can be in liquid …

Prescription Pain Relievers

What are  Prescription Pain Relievers? These are opioids, or narcotics. What do they look like? Tablets and capsules. How are they used? Medically, they are prescribed as analgesics, to treat pain. When abused, they are swallowed or injected. What are their …

PMA

What is PMA? A synthetic hallucinogen. Chemically it is paramethoxyamphetamine. What does it look like? Sold in tablet, capsule and (rarely) powder form. PMA looks similar to Ecstasy and costs about the same. How is it used? PMA is typically …

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Peyote

What is Peyote? Peyote is a small, spineless cactus, Lophophora williamsii, whose principal active ingredient is the hallucinogen mescaline. From earliest recorded time, peyote has been used by natives in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States as a part …

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PCP

What is PCP? PCP, or phencyclidine, is a “dissociative” anesthetic that was developed in the 1950s as a surgical anesthetic. Its sedative and anesthetic effects are trance-like, and patients experience a feeling of being “out of body” and detached from …

OxyContin

What is OxyContin? OxyContin is the brand name for oxycodone hydrochloride, an opioid (narcotic) analgesic (pain reliever).OxyContin is a controlled-release oral formulation of oxycodone hydrochloride. It is available by prescription only and is used to treat moderate to severe pain …

Opium

What is Opium? An opioid or narcotic, made from the white liquid in the poppy plant. What does it look like? A black or brown block of tar like substance. How is it used? Smoked. What are its short-term effects? …

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