Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy, Fifth Edition

Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy, Fifth Edition


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The essential source for understanding how drugs affect the body and behavior.

Fully updated, this matter-of-fact handbook includes the most recent discoveries about drug use, including new information onelectronic smoking devices, abuse of prescription stimulants, and the opioid crisis. “Lively, highly informative, unbiased, [and] thorough” (Addiction Research & Theory), Buzzed surveys drugs from caffeine to heroin to reveal how these drugs affect the body, the different “highs” they produce, and the circumstances in which they can be deadly.

Neither a “Just Say No” treatise nor a “How to” manual, Buzzed is based on the conviction that people make better decisions with accurate information at hand.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393356465
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 447,265
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Cynthia Kuhn is professor of pharmacology at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Scott Swartzwelder, PhD is a professor of psychiatry at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Wilkie Wilson is professor of prevention science at Duke University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 13

Introduction 17

Just Say Know (A College Student's Perspective Leigh Heather Wilson Jeremy Foster 23

Test Your Drug Knowledge 27

Part I

Alcohol 33









Caffeine 71



Soft drinks

Energy drinks

Over-the-counter pain relievers and stimulants

Some prescription medications

Ecstasy 96

MDMA (X, XTC, Adam), MDE (Eve), MDA (Love)

Hallucinogens 109

Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD-acid, blotter, California sunshine, microdot, trip, yellow sunshine, etc.)

Mescaline (peyote, buttons, mesc, mescal, topi)

Psilocybin mushrooms (boomers, magic mushrooms, shrooms)

Dimethyltryptamine (DMT-businessman's special)

Ayahuasca (caapi, yage, vegetal)

Belladonna alkaloids (atropine, scopolamine, belladonna, deadly nightshade, Jimsonweed, stink weed, mandrake)

Phencyclidine (PCP, angel dust, T, PeaCe pill), ketamine (Special K, K)

Dextromethorphan (Dex, robo, red devils)

Salvia divinorum (ska, Maria, la Maria, ska Pastora)

Herbal Drugs 143

Herbal X-tacy

Smart drugs


Melatonin, etc.

Inhalants 161

Nitrites (butyl or amyl-bolt, bullets, climax, locker room, rush, poppers, snappers, aimes)

Anesthetics (nitrous oxide-Whippets

Gaseous anesthesia agents used for surgery-hafothane, ether)

Solvents, paints, sprays, and fuels (toluene, gasoline, glues, canned spray paint, etc.)

Marijuana 174

Marijuana (reefer, pot, herb, ganja, grass, old man, Blanche, weed, sinsemilla, bhang, dagga, smoke)

Hashish (hash, tar)

Hash oil (oil, charas)

Nicotine 216


Nicotine chewing gum

Nicotine skin patch

Chewing tobacco




Pipe tobacco

Opioids 237

Opium (Chinese molasses, dreams, gong, O, skee, toys, zero)

Heroin (Big H, dreck, horse, mojo, smack, white lady, brown)

Heroin and cocaine (speedbalis), morphine, codeine, hydromorphone (Dilaudid)

Oxycodone (Percodan, OxyContin)

Meperidine (Demerol)

Diphenoxylate (Lomotil)

Hydrocodone (Vicodin)

Fentanyl (Sublimaze)

Propoxyphene (Darvon)

Sedatives 260

Barbiturates (phenobarbital, pentobarbital [Nembutal], secobarbital [Seconal]

Amobarbital [Amytal])

Chloral hydrate (Notec, Somnos, Felsules)

Glutethimide (Doriden)






Methaqualone (Quaaludes, ludes)

Benzodiazepines (such as Rohypnol, Valium, Librium, Ativan, Xanax, Halcion, and many others)

Drugs designed specifically to induce sleep (zolpidem [Ambien]

Eszopiclone [Lunesta], and ramelteon [Rozerem])

Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB)

Steroids 276




Stimulants 286

Cocaine (coke, blow, candy, crack, jack, jimmy, rock, nose candy, whitecoat)

Amphetamine (crank, bennies, uppers)

Methamphetamine (meth, crystal, crystal meth, ice)

Ephedrine, methylphenidate (Ritalin)

Methcathinone (cat, crank, goob)

Part II

Brain Basics 315

Drug Basics 337

Addiction 350

Legal Issues 364

Index 379

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