If you or someone you know is having problems with drugs, help is available at:
Alcohol and Drug 24-Hour Helpline
Crisis Clinic Resource Hotline
True North-Student Assistance Services
Providence St. Peter Chemical Dependency Center
If you want to learn more about drug abuse or find information on particular drugs, the following links can be useful:
Drug dependence/abuse information by WebMD
Drug information and parenting advice
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s family and parenting guide
The Partnership at DrugFree.org has information for parents in English and in Spanish, along with a drug guide
Hallucinogens, or psychedelic drugs, change the way the brain perceives time, reality and the environment. They affect the way you move, think, hear and see. Time and body movement are slowed down. They may cause the user to feel confused, suspicious and disoriented. Hallucinogens include LSD (acid), psilocybin (magic mushrooms, shrooms), phencyclidine ( PCP, angel dust, bost, ozone, wack), peyote and mescaline. Ecstasy, a stimulant, can have hallucinogenic properties.
The use of hallucinogens leads to an increase in heart rate and blood pressure. If affects muscle coordination, dulls the senses and causes difficulty with speech. In later stages of chronic use, it can produce paranoia and violent behavior. Large doses may produce convulsions and coma. Other effects include:
Weakness and lack of muscular coordination
Anxiety or paranoia
LSD, mescaline and psilocybin cause illusions and hallucinations. The user may experience panic, confusion, suspicion, anxiety and loss of control. Some users may hurt themselves in fear during a "bad trip." Delayed effects such as severe depression or flashbacks can occur even after use is discontinued.
Dextromethorphan (DXM) is a cough suppressant found in many over-the-counter cold and flu medications in liquid, tablet and lozenge forms. (It also can be purchased on the Internet in powder form.) It is a dissociative anesthetic, similar to PCP and ketamine, causing hallucinations in larger doses. See the over-the-counter drugs page for more information on DXM.
DXM (cough syrup)