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What substances are most often abused?

Fredrick Wade
Addiction Medicine

Here are the most abused substances:

  • OTC (over-the-counter) medicines are mostly abused by adolescents
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Prescription Opiates (high level abuse of Oxcyontin societally)
  • Prescription medications
  • Heroin
  • Inhalants
  • Amphetamines/Methamphetamine
  • Hallucinogens
  • Cocaine/Crack Cocaine
  • Date Rape Drugs such as GHB
  • Steroids
  • Marijuana
  • Ectasy/MDMA
  • Barbiturates

Keep in mind that no answer to this question can be complete.

Substances frequently abused include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • alcohol
  • marijuana
  • hallucinogens
  • cocaine
  • amphetamines
  • opiates
  • anabolic steroids
  • inhalants
  • methamphetamine
  • tobacco

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