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Commonly Abused Drugs

Revised December 2012

NIDA scientists research the drug abuse consequences and health effects of the abuse of a wide range of drugs. The following are easy to read comparisons of the different types of commonly abused drugs and associated health effects.

This page was last updated December 2012

Emerging Drugs

Get more information on K2/Spice, Salvia and Bath Salts. NIDA will update this page with the latest research findings on these and other emerging drugs as they develop.

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