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Top 10 Drugs High School Seniors Abuse

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#10. Sedatives

Percent of Seniors Who Have Used in Past Year: 3.6%

Sedatives are substances that reduce irritability and excitement. At high doses, sedatives can lead to slurred speech and slow reflexes.

#10. MDMA (Ecstasy)

Percent of Seniors Who Have Used in Past Year: 3.6%

This synthetic drug alters mood and perception by producing feelings of pleasure, high energy and increased empathy.

#9. OxyContin

Percent of Seniors Who Have Used in Past Year: 3.7%

OxyContin is an opioid pain medication that has a high risk for addiction and dependence. Some even argue that Purdue Pharmaceuticals, the producer of OxyContin, started America’s opioid epidemic.

#8. Hallucinogens

Percent of Seniors Who Have Used in Past Year: 4.2%

This group of drugs works to alter one’s thoughts, sensations and awareness of the surrounding area. Some drugs in this group include LSD, peyote and PCP.

#7. Vicodin

Percent of Seniors Who Have Used in Past Year: 4.4%

Vicodin treats pain and has a high risk for addiction and dependence. In higher-than-recommended amounts, hydrocodone (one of the active ingredient) can slow or stop your breathing.

#6. Cough Medicine

Percent of Seniors Who Have Used in Past Year: 4.6%

Both over-the-counter and prescription cough medicines have active ingredients that are mind-altering at high, concentrated amounts. The two commonly abused medicines are dextromethorphan and promethazine-codeine cough syrup.

#5. Tranquilizers

Percent of Seniors Who Have Used in Past Year: 4.7%

Many anti-anxiety and antipsychotic drugs fall under the category of tranquilizers. These work to induce calmness in individuals. Valium and Xanax are two of the most common tranquilizing drugs.

#4. Synthetic Marijuana

Percent of Seniors Who Have Used in Past Year: 5.2%

Initially created for use in cannabinoid research, synthetic cannabinoids have hit the streets and are referred to as “synthetic marijuana,” for the plant from which the psychoactive substance is derived. Though often marketed as safe, legal alternatives to marijuana, these synthetic derivatives may affect the brain more powerfully due to increased potency.

#3. Adderall

Percent of Seniors Who Have Used in Past Year: 7.5%

Doctors often prescribe Adderall to treat attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy, but some people without these disorders use it in an attempt to increase cognitive function.

#2. Amphetamines

Percent of Seniors Who Have Used in Past Year: 7.7%

Amphetamines are a type of drug that stimulates the central nervous system. Drugs used to treat attention deficit disorder are often amphetamines.

#1. Marijuana/Hashish

Percent of Seniors Who Have Used in Past Year: 34.9%

Hashish and marijuana are both cannabis products. Hashish contains a higher density of the psychoactive chemicals and is made from the sap of the plant, while marijuana typically refers to the dried flower buds. Both are illegal under federal law, however, individual states are passing initiatives to legalize the sale and distribution of marijuana to individuals 21 years old and over.

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