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Commonly Abused Drugs
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Substances: Category and Name

Examples of Commercial and Street Names

DEA Schedule*/ How Administered**

Tobacco

Nicotine

Found in cigarettes, cigars, bidis, and smokeless tobacco
Not scheduled/smoked, snorted, chewed
(snuff, spit tobacco, chew)

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Acute Effects/Health Risks
Increased blood pressure and heart rate/chronic lung disease; cardiovascular disease;
stroke; cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, cervix,
kidney, bladder, and acute myeloid leukemia; adverse pregnancy outcomes; addiction

Alcohol

Alcohol (ethyl alcohol)
Found in liquor, beer, and wine
Not scheduled/swallowed

In low doses, euphoria, mild stimulation, relaxation, lowered inhibitions; in higher doses,
drowsiness, slurred speech, nausea, emotional volatility, loss of coordination, vi