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Drugs of Abuse

Learn the facts about the most commonly abused drugs. Each drug page includes a brief overview, street and clinical names, the effects of the drug on the brain and body, statistics and trends, and relevant publications and articles written by NIDA researchers and scientists.

For an overview of all of these drugs, see Commonly Abused Drugs.  Also see our Emerging Trends page for additional information.

 

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