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Controlled Substance Abuse

Controlled substances are dangerous drugs that the United States government deem to be addictive and at a high risk to be abused. Even though the dangers of these drugs are well-known and often understood, they are still widely used. These drugs are often incredibly damaging to the mental and physical health of those who use them and many are considered to be lethal. If you or a loved one are suffering from an addiction to a controlled substance, it is essential to seek help as soon as possible.


One of the most notorious recreational drugs in the world is cocaine, a powerful stimulant that is most commonly injected, smoked, or snorted. Cocaine is the second most popular illegal substance worldwide, with at least 35 million Americans over the age of 12 having admitted to using the drug.


Heroin is an illegal and extremely addictive drug, and its use is on the rise across the country. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2017, more than 490,000 people reported using heroin in the last year. This dangerous drug is plaguing our country, and it’s crucial that if you or someone you know is addicted to heroin, they get the help they need.


On the streets, methamphetamine, or meth, goes by a number of different names, such as “crystal,” “speed,” and “crank.” It is an illegal drug that is known for its extremely addictive nature and the destructive impact that it has on the user’s body. In addition to the noticeable physical toll of meth, its effects are also damaging to the brain.


Marijuana is the most commonly used drug of abuse in the United States, particularly amongst young people. Its use has become so common that several states have decriminalized, legalized, or begun legislation to do so. Despite this growing acceptance and the perception of marijuana as being completely safe, the potential for marijuana abuse and addiction is as real as for any other drug of abuse.


Opioids are naturally occurring and derived from opium poppy plants but are used in many legal and illegal drugs. Heroin is the most common example, but other types include prescription opioids, such as codeine, morphine, fentanyl, OxyContin (oxycodone), Vicodin (hydrocodone), and other prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Synthetic Drugs

Synthetic drugs, also known as “designer drugs,” are human-made versions of controlled or illegal drugs. Synthetic drugs have similar effects to known hallucinogens and narcotics but have a different chemical structure. These illicit drugs are often sold legally by continually changing their chemical composition. This makes it harder for law enforcement agencies such as the DEA to regulate their use. The lack of knowledge on the chemicals used in these synthetically made drugs makes them highly volatile. Oftentimes, the makeshift labs that produce these drugs have little to no quality control measures in place.


Fentanyl is a highly potent opioid. The effects and reactions are similar to that of morphine, although fentanyl is almost 100 times stronger. The United States government considers it to be a Schedule II substance. Schedule II refers to drugs that both have an approved medical use but are also dangerous and run a risk of being abused.