Our Drug Guide contains information for over 40
commonly-abused drugs.

The Drug Guide at The Partnership at Drugfree.org is a comprehensive and up-to-date source of drug information, including drug descriptions, slang terms, short term- and long term- effects, images, federal classifications and more.



Angel Dust, Embalming Fluid, Killer Weed, Rocket Fuel, Supergrass, Wack, Ozone

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…

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Buttons, Cactus, mesc

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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Death, Mitsubishi Double Stack, often sold as Ecstasy

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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Prescription Pain Relievers

Codeine, OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin

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…

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Prescription Sedatives Tranquilizers

Mebaral, Quaaludes, Xanax and Valium (benzodiazepines), Nembutal

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…

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Prescription Stimulants

Adderall, Dexedrine, Ritalin

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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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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What is Pseudoephedrine? Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant. What does it look like? Found in over the counter tablets and capsules. How is it used? Medically, it is used to treat congestion associated with allergies, hay fever, sinus irritation, and the…

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