Various forms of medication are used to treat specific types of illness and conditions. In the following brief descriptions, the most commonly used medications are briefly outlined for clarification.


Cannabis is the more technical name for a very common drug called marijuana. It is grown both indoors and outdoors and is one of the most extensively used drugs in the U.S. and throughout the world. And though there are numerous attempts going on to legalize it-and there are some medicinal uses already permitted-cannabis can be abused just like any other drug. But before we dive into the effects this substance has on the body, let's first define it.

Types of Antidepressants

Antidepressants are often glossed over in drug reference books and websites because they are typically thought of as substances that can't be abused. They aren't addictive, so it's just not possible to abuse them. Or, so goes the common way of thinking. But this is just not true. Prescription drug abuse has escalated to the highest levels ever in recent years. Before we get into the effects of antidepressants on the body, let's first define what they are. What Are Antidepressants?

Types of Barbiturates

When people think of drugs of abuse, they often assume we're talking about the illegal variety. However, that's just not the case. Many prescription drugs can be abused as well and that is especially the case with barbiturates. Whether you take a medication containing a barbiturate by prescription or illegally---without a prescription, it's important that you know the facts about these depressants for your own information and safety.

Types of Depressants

Depressants are a type of drug that can take several forms; however, the most common type is administered by prescription. Many people are prescribed depressant drugs which have beneficial effects but wind up dependant on them or addicted. Depressant drugs can put your health and wellbeing at serious risk. Following is information on what exactly these drugs are and how they affect the body.

Types of Hallucinogens

Many people have heard of the types of drugs that fall within the hallucinogenic category, but might not be sure exactly what they are or their effects. Certainly, some hallucinations are involved, but other than that, people are often not too sure about why they are used and what draws users to them. What follows are several key pieces of information on this drug type and how it affects physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. What Are Hallucinogens? To be general, hallucinogens are psychoactive drugs that produce altered perceptions or ways of thinking and feeling when taken. To be specific, hallucinogens can be broken down into three types including dissociatives, psychedelics and deliriants.

Types of Inhalants

When most people think of drugs, they conjure up images of heroin needles, crack pipes and marijuana joints. They think of people snorting cocaine and popping pills. Rarely does the image cross their minds, however, of people inhaling the fumes from common household products. However, that is exactly what inhalant abuse looks like.

Types of Steroids

Anabolic steroids are a type of drug that is discussed in the media quite often, especially as they pertain to athletes. Typically described as "performance-enhancing drugs," steroids can help sports players improve their game, but to serious detrimental effect on the body. Quite simply, they are dangerous. But before we discuss how steroids affect the body, let us first talk about what they are.

Types of Narcotics

Whether they are pharmaceutically produced or made in home laboratories, narcotics are drugs produced from a base of opium. Often called "opiate drugs" in order to differentiate them from other classes of drugs, they are the same things. Opiate drugs are also called opioids. This term has come into use because many people believe the term narcotic is interchangeable with drug. For this reason, it is important to begin the discussion with a definition of the term "narcotics." Its origin began when a Greek physician used the Greek word narcosis to describe all drugs that made people sleep, dulled the senses, or numbed and treated pain.