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27. Narcotics

Narcotics initially produce a feeling of euphoria that often is followed by drowsiness, nausea, and vomiting. Users also experience constricted pupils, watery eyes, and itching. An ovedose may produce slow and shallow breathing, clammy skin, convulsions, coma, and possible death.

Tolerance to narcotics develops rapidly and dependence is likely. The use of contaminated syringes may result in disease such as AIDS, endocarditis, and hepatitis. Addiction in pregnant women can lead to premature, stillborn, or addicted infants who experience severe withdrawal symptoms.

What is it called?
What does it look like?
How is it used?
Heroin Smack, Horse, Mud, Brown sugar, junk, black tar, and Big H White to dark-brown powder or tarlike substance Injected, smoked, or inhaled
Codeine Empirin compound with codeine, Tylenol with codeine, Codeine in cough medicine Dark liquid varying in thickness, capsules, tablets. Taken orally, injected
Morphine Pectoral syrup White crystals, hypodermic tablets, or injectable solutions Taken orally, injected, smoked
Opium Paregoric, Dover's powder, Parepectolin Dark brown chunks, powder Smoked, eaten, or injected
Meperidine Pethidine, Demerol, Mepergan White powder, solution, tablets Taken orally, injected
Other narcotics Percocet, Percodan Tablets or capsules Taken orally, injected


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