Health Risks

Health Risks

Outlined below is a listing of drugs of abuse and their health risks taken from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration website. Learn more.

Drug Name Effects Penalties
Alcohol (Beer, wine, liquor, malt liquor)
  • High blood pressure
  • Addiction
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Liver disease
  • Digestive problems
  • Cancer of breast, mouth, throat, liver, and colon
  • Dementia
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Texas law defines penalties for anyone convicted of the manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of controlled substances. Details (Alcoholic Beverage Code).

 

Cocaine/Crack (Blow, bump, C, Candy, Charlie, flake, rock, snow(
  • Severe consequences impacting heart, respiratory, nervous and digestive system
  • Addiction and fatal
    overdose
  • Penalties for violations are based on the classification of the drug or other substance and/or sometimes specified by drug name, i.e., marijuana. A substance doesn't have to be listed as a controlled substance to be treated as a substance for criminal prosecution.
Opiates (Heroin, Morphine, Opium, Codeine, Vicodin)
  • Increased risk of choking
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Potential for breathing to stop and/or coma
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV
  • Addiction and fatal overdose
  • Penalties may include fines up to $10 million and/or up to life in prison.
Sedatives and Antianxiety (Valium, Quaalude, reds phennies)
  • Memory problems
  • Addiction
  • Low blood pressure
  • Slowed breathing; leading to cause coma or death
 
Amphetamines (Benzedrine, Dexedrine, speed, crystal, crank)
  • Various harmful and long lasting effects to the brain and vital organs
  • Addiction
  • Heart problems
  • Seizures
See more on federal drug trafficking penalties
Hallucinogens (PCP, LSD Peyote, magic mushrooms, ecstasy, mescaline, psilocybin)
  • Unpredictable effects
  • Possible visual auditory, and tactile hallucinations
  • Flashbacks and perception disorders
 
Marijuana & Hashish (Blunt, dope, ganja, pot, reefer, skunk, weed, joint)  
  • Short-term memory impairment
  • Decreased coordination
  • Increased heart rate and risk of psychosis to those who are vulnerable
 
  • Misdemeanor convictions for workplace and campus drug violations can result in a fine, community service, or incarceration of up to a year.