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Prescription drug abuse: What pills are we popping?

We list the most common classes of drugs abused by Americans, their sub-classes and brand names. Please feel free to email, comment or post any oversights. I will update this list often.

OPIOID PAIN KILLERS

1. Codeine
2. Buprenorphine
– Norspan
– Subutex
3. Diphenoxylate
– Lomotil
4. Fentanyl
5. Hydrocodone
– Vicodin (what does Vicodin look like?)
– Lortab
– Lorcet
6. Hydromorphone
– Dilaudid
7. Meperidine
– Demerol
8. Methadone
9. Morphine
10. Oxycodone
– OxyContin
– Percodan
– Percocet
– Tylox
11. Propoxyphene
– Darvon

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DEPRESSANTS

Barbiturates

1. Pentobarbital sodium
2. Nembutal

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Benzodiazepines

1. Alprazolam
– Zanax
– Ativan
– Lorazepam
2. Clonazepam
– Klonopin
3. Diazepam
– Valium
4. Zolpidem
– Ambien

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Muscle relaxants

1. Carisoprodol
– Soma
2. Cyclobenzaprine
– Flexeril

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STIMULANTS

1. Amphetamines
– Adderall
– Phentermine (Adipex)
2. Dextroamphetamine
– Dexedrine
3. Methylphenidate
– Concerta
– Ritalin

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To learn street names for these drugs, check out the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s street term database. They define over 2,300 for drug types or drug activity. Granted, the database has not been updated in five (5) years, but it seems rather thorough. I browsed the 600+ terms for marijuana…and although people probably use only a fraction of these words in real life, the database is useful for getting better understanding of drug culture and even drug combinations.

Reference Sources:
http://drugabuse.gov/tib/prescription.html
http://www.nida.nih.gov/researchreports/prescription/prescription2.html
http://www.nattc.org/userfiles/file/GulfCoast/PrescriptionTrends_Web.pdf

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One Response to “Prescription drug abuse: What pills are we popping?
Veritas Villa
1:58 am September 2nd, 2010

Very useful list. Thanks for linking to the street term database. When it comes to drug abuse and addiction, awareness is key.

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