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Sex is a (delicious) piece of cake for most young adults so why are they taking Viagra and Cialis? Here, we'll look at how these pills are used illegally and also what it means to abuse the ED drugs.
Transcript: Although it is typically prescribed for older men with erectile dysfunction, Viagra is still readily...
Although it is typically prescribed for older men with erectile dysfunction, Viagra is still readily available on most college campuses. Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis are all prescription medications used to treat erectile dysfunction. In addition to its intended medical use, these drugs are often taken recreationally to prolong or improve a sexual experience. Viagra is also frequently used in conjunction with other party drugs, like cocaine and ecstasy, often to counteract their undesirable sexual side effects. Viagra is usually consumed orally. and works by blocking an enzyme in the body called PDE-5. When that happens, blood flow increases to the areas where PDE-5 is most concentrated-namely the penis. This makes it possible for a man to get and maintain a stronger erection, often for long periods of time. For men, arousal almost always leads to desire. So by improving a man's ability to have erections, Viagra measurably affects his sexual function.Some men without erectile dysfunction report that sex on Viagra is a better sexual experience, though most college-aged men don't need help getting or maintaining an erection. Taking Viagra recreationally has its risks. If combined with amyl nitrate, or "poppers", Viagra can severely harm, or even kill, the user. Because Viagra and Poppers both dilate blood vessels, a life-threatening heart attack or stroke can result if both are taken simultaneously. In fact, this risk is present when any ED drug is taken at the same time as a nitrate. Bottom line? Viagra is a prescription drug and should only be taken when prescribed by your doctor.More »
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Whether you know it by its RX name (oxycodone), or its street one (oxycotton), this drug is abused even more than codeine! Here, we'll look at the varieties of the narcotic, from Perocent to Oxycontin, and examine how the prescription drug works.
Transcript: Oxycodone is a prescription drug, but you don't need a doctor's note to get it --or abuse it -- on most...
Oxycodone is a prescription drug, but you don't need a doctor's note to get it --or abuse it -- on most college campuses. You may know oxycodone by one of its street names, which include "oxy," "oxycotton" and "hillbilly heroin". When taken as prescribed, oxycodone is a powerful pain reliever similar to morphine. When taken, Oxycodone creates a euphoric feeling and is very effective in mitigating pain. Oxycodone is the primary ingredient in prescription painkillers like Percodan, where it is combined with aspirin, and Percocet, where it is combined with acetaminophen. It is also available in an extended-release formula known as Oxycontin. No matter which formulation is taken is used, it is usually swallowed whole or crushed and snorted. Once taken, oxycodone travels to the brain's central nervous system, where it binds to opioid receptors in the pleasure centers of the brain, producing an intense euphoria. Depending on the quantity of Oxycodone consumed, the euphoria and pain relief can last from five to eight hours. Oxycodone is highly addictive, and tolerance to the drug's effects can build up over a relatively small number of uses. An oxycodone overdose can lead to loss of consciousness, seizures, coma, or even death. While oxycodone may seem to offer a pleasurable escape, remember that there can be severe consequences, and know that using oxycodone without a prescription is illegal.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-27 | Tags »
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Hydrocodone, or Vicodin, is a commonly abused and incredibly addicting pain relief medication. Here, we'll examine how this prescription drug works, the consequences of abuse, and how it compares to other drugs, like Tramadol.
Transcript: Eminem and Courtney Love both got hooked out on hydrocodone - and it's almost as easy to get on a college...
Eminem and Courtney Love both got hooked out on hydrocodone - and it's almost as easy to get on a college campus as it is in Hollywood. Hydrocodone is a drug which is similar to morphine, and is legally prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain as well as dry, hacking coughing associated with bronchitis or sinusitis. Recreationally, the drug is taken because it causes euphoria, sedation and numbing mental effects. Hydrocodone is most commonly combined with acetaminophen to form the prescription drug Vicodin, but it is also available mixed with ibuprofen as Vicoprofen, and combined with aspirin as Lortab ASA. Recreational users of hydrocodone usually swallow pills whole or crush them and snort the powder.Once ingested, hydrocodone travels to the brain's central nervous system, where it binds to opioid receptors in the pleasure centers of the brain, producing an euphoria and sedation, which is part of the reason why it is so addicting. In fact, with daily use, most people will become addicted to hydrocodone within one week, experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms without the drug. Unfortunately, hydrocodone overdoses are common, and can lead to slowed breathing, unconsciousness, and even death. Over time, constant abuse of this drug may also result in potentially life-threatening liver failure. Although there are over 200 drugs which include hydrocodone that can be legally prescribed in the U.S., they are still illegal and unsafe for use without a prescription. Be mindful of the risks aif you choose to take hydrocodone recreationally.More »
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When appropriately prescribed by a doctor, stimulants are sure to get you wound up and wired. But abusing a stimulant is never a good idea! Learn about uppers, from amphetamine to methamphetamine, and see how speed really effects the body.
Transcript: You're probably not familiar with the medication known as methylphenidate, but you almost certainly know...
You're probably not familiar with the medication known as methylphenidate, but you almost certainly know what Ritalin is. Methylphenidate is the generic name for the prescription drug Ritalin, which is known on the street as Vitamin R, Rids, and R-ball. Ritalin is prescribed legally for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, as well as for the sleeping disorder narcolepsy. When used without a prescription, Ritalin is taken to stimulate the body, and has effects that are quite similar to cocaine in many ways. Ritalin is very popular on college campuses due to its appetite suppressing, fatigue fighting, and concentration enhancing effects. Ritalin is usually taken recreationally by crushing the drug and snorting the power. Once in the body, Ritalin acts to arouse the brain stem and cortex. The drug also stimulates the release of the feel-good hormone dopamine. Abuse of Ritalin may lead to physical addiction for this reason. A dose of Ritalin lasts three to four hours, while an extended-release tablet will work for up to eight. If you take too much Ritalin, you may experience a rapid heartbeat, blurred vision, and in more serious cases, fainting, or even a seizure. Over time, the insoluble fibers in Ritalin tablets may block small blood vessels, which can lead to potential cardiovascular complications and lung damage. Ritalin is illegal without a prescription, so one should be very careful if using it recreationally.More »
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Whether you're a grizzled veteran of the Mary Jane circuit, or you're a complete stranger to marijuana, you probably wouldn't mind knowing more about smoking weed. Can pot hurt you in the long term? Just how illegal is growing cannabis? Are
Transcript: Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in America, with 97.8 million people over twelve saying...
Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in America, with 97.8 million people over twelve saying they've tried it! Marijuana is also known as weed, pot, dope, herb...you get the idea! The drug, which acts as a mild hallucinogen, is actually the bud and leaves of the cannabis plant. Weed is usually smoked, but it can also be mixed in foods or brewed as tea. When you smoke marijuana, you'll feel mellow, relaxed, and generally happy. You may feel very hungry, a phenomenon known as the "munchies." But as your high continues, you might experience paranoia or confusion. You'll notice an increased heart rate and a loss of coordination. Excessive marijuana use can cause the same problems as tobacco smoking, such as bronchitis and emphysema. Despite its illegal status, marijuana is approved for controlled medicinal uses in several of the U.S. states. Marijuana has been illegal since 1937, and now you know the real deal with pot.More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-18 | Tags »
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Ecstasy appeals to many with its name alone. But is 'exstasy' a harmless happy drug, or is it part of the illegal drugs category for a reason? Here, a no judgements look at E.
Transcript: Twenty percent of college students have popped a tablet of E. So what's up with ecstasy? Ecstasy, which...
Twenty percent of college students have popped a tablet of E. So what's up with ecstasy? Ecstasy, which moonlights as X and E, is a man-made drug that acts as a stimulant and a hallucinogen. Colorful ecstasy tablets can be snorted or swallowed. Often, they are laced with other illegal drugs. When you pop a tablet of X, you'll feel euphoric, energized, and sexually aroused. That's because your brain produces a cocktail of "happy" neurotransmitters in response to the drug. You may garner great pleasure from touching things, and feel extreme empathy with others. But ecstasy constricts blood vessels, so you may overheat or become dehydrated while using it. Other physical side effects include stomach cramps and blurred vision. You may also experience paranoia or confusion. As you come down from a high, you'll likely feel lethargic and depressed. Excessive use may damage brain cells, resulting in long-term problems concentrating or remembering. Ecstasy is illegal, but now you know the real deal with E, so you can understand what it does to your body.More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-18 | Tags »
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Cocaine has been glamorized for decades, but a cocaine addiction is not attractive. So what are the real effects of cocaine, and how does the drug treat your body longterm? Here, we look at the real deal with coke and how 'cocain' compares to
Transcript: About 10 percent of Americans over 12 have tried it at least once-it's cocaine and it's addictive. Cocaine,...
About 10 percent of Americans over 12 have tried it at least once-it's cocaine and it's addictive. Cocaine, or coke, is a stimulant which is extracted from the coca plant. The white powder is usually snorted. After "doing a line" of coke, you'll feel extremely euphoric due to a higher than normal release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. You may also feel hypersensitive, mentally alert, and physically energized. A high from snorting may take about ten minutes to kick in, and last fifteen minutes to half an hour. As you "crash" from a high, you'll feel incredibly depressed and desirous of more coke to "fix" the feeling-which is why coke is so addictive. Coming down from cocaine may also leave you fatigued, agitated, and irritable. Long term use of coke is associated with many problems, from nosebleeds and nightmares to seizures and even cardiac arrest. Cocaine has been illegal since 1914, and now you know the real deal with the drug so you can understand its effects.More »
Last Modified: 2013-09-19 | Tags »
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When Alice ate a magic mushroom, she grew to giant-sized proportions. Will your own experimentation with hallucinogens lead to a similar psychadelic effect? Here, a no holds barred look at drugs of this nature.
Transcript: Native Americans in Central and South America used them thousands of years ago-and they're still popular...
Native Americans in Central and South America used them thousands of years ago-and they're still popular today! They're magic mushrooms! Psychedelic mushrooms, which moonlight as magic mushrooms and "shrooms," are a hallucinogenic drug. The fungi , which are officially known as psilocybin, grow naturally. Mushrooms are generally dried and eaten, but because of their unpleasant taste, are often mixed with other foods. After you eat magic mushrooms, you will usually experience hallucinations. Generally, the effects on your senses will be the most intense part of your trip. You may feel that surfaces shimmer or that you can "see" sounds. On occasion, people who eat mushrooms have a "bad trip," during which they experience unpleasant revelations or feelings of woe. These are not as severe as bad LSD trips, however. Physically, the drug can cause appetite loss, feelings of coldness, nausea, and numbing or weakness in the limbs and face. Magic mushrooms have not been shown to be addictive, but they are illegal in the United States!More »
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Wound up? Then you may seek a sedative to calm down. Whether prescribed by a doctor or purchased on the street, sedatives and barbituates can make you feel intoxicated and sleepy. Here, the real deal on mellow-inducing drugs, from Valium to Xanax.
Transcript: "Wanna be sedated?" A prescription drug in the benzodiazepine family is how many college students achieve...
"Wanna be sedated?" A prescription drug in the benzodiazepine family is how many college students achieve this particular goal. Benzodiazepines are depressants, a group of drugs which relieve anxiety and can induce sleep. Two of the most well known drugs in this group are Xanax,or alprazalam and Valium, or diazapem. You may also have heard these drugs referred to as downers, benzos, or tanks. These drugs can be legally prescribed, and are usually taken to combat insomnia, to promote relaxation, or to ease anxiety. These drugs are taken recreationally for similar reasons. Users also take benzodiazepines to come down from the high of a stimulant, like cocaine. Benzodiazepines are available in short-acting versions designed for use at night, like temazapem, also called Restoril, and in long-acting versions for day, like Xanax or Valium. The drug Rohypnol, which is sometimes referred to as a "roofie," is a powerful member of the benzodiazepine family. Although Rohypnal is not even legal for prescription use in the U.S., roofies can be acquired illegally, and are often used as a date rape drug. After they are consumed, these drugs act on the central nervous system, increasing production of the neurotransmitter GABA, which leads to slowed brain function. Most benzodiazepines act quickly on your system, and while the effects of some will last for just an hour or two, others can have an impact that lasts considerably longer. This class of drugs can be addictive over time, and an overdose can lead to confusion, sleepiness, or even a coma. People who use benzodiazepines over long periods of time can experience amnesia, hostility, and disturbing dreams. For these reasons, all benzodiazepines require a doctor's prescription for use, and should be taken cautiously without a physician's supervision.More »
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Your dentist may give you a dose of nitrous oxide when he extracts your wisdom teeth, but this chemical compound isn't just used in surgery! From a whippet to a whipped cream canister, nitrous is one of the more easily abused drugs out there.
Transcript: If you've had your wisdom teeth removed, you've probably received nitrous oxide gas. But have you ever...
If you've had your wisdom teeth removed, you've probably received nitrous oxide gas. But have you ever taken it to party? You may know nitrous oxide by other names, like laughing gas, noz, or whippits. It is used legally as an anesthetic and relaxant in minor dental surgery. But nitrous can also be inhaled illegally, usually to experience a giddy, float-y sensation, and a release from pain. Outside of a doctor's office, nitrous oxide is most commonly found as a whipping agent in store-bought whipped cream dispensers. To obtain nitrous from the dispensers, users employ a "cracker," which is a tool made of heavy-duty brass or plumbing hardware. Users typically inflate a balloon or a plastic bag with nitrous oxide from a tank or a one-use 'charger', and then inhale the gas for its effects. Nitrous oxide expelled directly from a tank or canister is extremely cold, and there is danger of giving oneself frostbite of the nose, lips and vocal cords, when inhaled directly. For this reason, it's usually discharged into a thick-walled balloon or a mask before being inhaled. Immediately after taking nitrous, a user may fall down as his or her motor skills become impaired. A burst of happy stimulation will often be followed by disorientation, sleepiness, or nausea. The effects of whippits don't usually last more than a few minutes, which is why some people inhale several balloons over a short span of time. In the short term, nitrous may cause death by asphyxiation, particularly when inhaled through a mask. Whippits can also lead to immediate lung damage, or frostbite. With chronic use, nitrous oxide may also cause neuropathy, a condition in which nerve fibers are permanently damaged, resulting in weakness, tingling, and numbness. Despite these risks, nitrous is rarely addictive. If you chose to use nitrous oxide recreationally, recognize that you're breaking the law, and that if you are not careful, that you might hurt yourself.More »
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You've may have heard of skittling or robotripping, but probably have not heard of DXM? Here, we'll take a look at dextromethorphan(which is the main ingredient in cough medications like Robitussin), and see what it does and how it works.
Transcript: In the past twenty years, sales of cough medicine have risen 400%-and the reason has nothing to do with...
In the past twenty years, sales of cough medicine have risen 400%-and the reason has nothing to do with colds! Over-the-counter cough medications like Robitussin and Coricidin contain an active ingredient called dextromethorpane, or DXM. Ina typical pharmacy, you might find over 125 legal products that contain DXM, which is, in fact, a close relation to codeine, an opiate used as an anti-cough medication. Recreationally, these medications which contain DXM are known by other names- like robos, skittles, red devils, and triple-c. When it's used as directed, DXM is taken in 15 to 30 milligram doses to help ease coughing. However, when consumed in doses of 100 milligrams or more, the drug begins to generate mild hallucinations and feelings of exhilaration and disassociation. Recreational users often prefer to take many "skittle" pills at once, although syrup containing DXM is also an option. The DXM high usually takes about fifteen minutes to kick in, and can last for several hours. But aside from the desired euphoria, the drug may also cause blurry vision, impaired judgment, severe dizziness, and paranoia. If an overdose occurs, vomiting, unconsciousness, a dangerously high heart rate, and seizures may result. Given these potentially sever side effects, it's possible to die from a large overdose of DXM cough medication.Dextromethorphan generally does not produce withdrawal symptoms characteristic of physically addictive substances, but there have been cases of psychological addiction, and not much is known about the long-term effects of abuse. Bottom line? When taken in quantities over those directed for a cough, DXM may be dangerous, and should be used with caution.More »
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Huffing is an easy access and inexpensive high, which explains why so many people admit to abusing inhalants by sniffing glue or huffing paint. In this video, we'll look at the facts and myths surrounding this dangerous household high.
Transcript: From the white-out on your desk to the cooking spray in your common area, there are more than 1,000 typical...
From the white-out on your desk to the cooking spray in your common area, there are more than 1,000 typical household agents that can be inhaled to get a cheap high. You're probably familiar with some of the substances that are easily obtainable around the house that you can use to get a short high. Abuse of household products is generally referred to as huffing, bagging, or gliding. Indeed, new research suggests that 12% of teenagers have tried huffing by the time they finish their senior year of high school. The most common inhalants include spray paint, correction fluid, nail polish, cleaning fluids, rubber glue, paint thinner, and aerosolized computer cleaner. These products can be inhaled directly from the container, or poured onto a rag or roll of toilet paper and "huffed." Fumes from these household inhalants can also be breathed in through a plastic bag, also referred to as "bagging." Regardless of the delivery method, euphoria and dissociative intoxication effects occur within seconds of inhaling. On the downside, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, confusion, and shortness of breath are also common inhalation side effects. Despite the negative effects, simple household agents are extremely addictive, resulting in withdrawal symptoms after as few as several uses. Even one attempt at huffing can produce fatal cardiac arrhythmia, a condition more commonly known as "sudden sniffing death syndrome." With long-term abuse, these agents can result in permanent brain damage, muscle weakness, and fatal liver damage. Because of their negative effects and high potential for addiction, household good should only be used in the manner they were intended.More »
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It has as many names as it does uses, but whether you know it as PCP, angel dust, or rocket fuel, phencyclidine can be a confusing drug. Luckily, we've got the facts, from PCP effects to how it compares with opium and other drugs.
Transcript: If you've ever been to a rave, you may have been offered PCP - but you may not have known what it is......
If you've ever been to a rave, you may have been offered PCP - but you may not have known what it is... You may know PCP, or phencyclidine, by one of its many street names, like angel dust, wet, illy, rocket fuel, or super grass. PCP was originally invented in the 1930s to be used as a surgical anesthetic. However, the drug caused vivid hallucinations and had violence-inducing side effects, so it was no longer considered safe in the medical community. Nonetheless, PCP is still used recreationally for its hallucinogenic, numbing, and out-of-body effects. In its purest form, PCP is a crystallized white powder. But on the drug market, it can also show up as colored powder or pills. While the drug is occasionally consumed orally or snorted through the nose, it is more commonly smoked. This is done by adding PCP powder to a leafy material, like cloves, tobacco, or marijuana. A cigarette or joint can also be dipped into liquid PCP, a practice known as "smoking wet."In whatever manner the PCP is taken, the drug quickly creates feelings of detachment and distance from one's surroundings. In large doses, PCP can cause , image distortion, and severe, often violent, mood changes, and feelings of superhuman strength. Users may become anxious and worry about impending doom, or they may experience episodes indistinguishable from paranoid schizophrenia. These mental changes, as well as the physical effects-like difficulty walking, slurred speech, and numbness-will usually last about two hours. PCP is highly addictive. It's also known to cause suicidal tendencies, violent rages and to induce potentially deadly comas. In fact, many drug experts consider PCP to be one of the most dangerous drugs in existence, and caution strongly against ever trying it.More »
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