Most drugs of abuse are addictive. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite negative consequences and by long-lasting changes in the brain. People who are addicted have strong cravings for the drug, making it difficult to stop using. Most drugs alter a person’s thinking and judgment, which can increase the risk of injury or death from drugged driving or infectious diseases (., HIV/AIDS, hepatitis) from unsafe sexual practices or needle sharing. Drug use during pregnancy can lead to neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition in which a baby can suffer from dependence and withdrawal symptoms after birth. Pregnancy-related issues are listed in the chart below for drugs where there is enough scientific evidence to connect the drug use to negative effects. However, most drugs could potentially harm an unborn baby.
Steroids - no intoxication effects
high blood pressure; blood clotting and cholesterol changes; liver cysts; hostility and aggression; acne; in adolescents—premature stoppage of growth; in males—prostate cancer, reduced sperm production, shrunken testicles, breast enlargement; in females—menstrual irregularities, development of beard and other masculine characteristics
Inhalants - (varies by chemical) stimulation; loss of inhibition; headache; nausea or vomiting; slurred speech; loss of motor coordination; wheezing
LSD - (Lysergic acid diethylaminde) A, acid, animal, back breakers, barrels, battery acid, Big D, black acid, black star, black tabs, blaze, blotter, blotter acid, blotter cube, boomers, blue acid, blue chairs, blue cheers, blue heaven, blue microdot, blue mist, blue moons, candy flip, cheers, Cid, doses, dots, frogs, fry, gel pyramid, L, lucy, lucy in the sky with diamonds, microdots, mind blow, moons, pane, paper, paper acid, purple haze, snowmen, sugar, sugar cubes, tabs, trips, window glass, window panes, yellow, yellow dimples, yellow sunshine, Zen