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Illegal Synthetic Drugs - Chart

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Acid (LSD)

Street Names: Acid, Acid Cap, Blotter, Micro, Microdots, Bull’s Eye

Forms: Tablets, blotting paper

Type: Hallucinogen

Effects vary individually. They can range from a sense of joy/well-being to fear, panic, aggression and severe anxiety. One can also experience pseudo-hallucinations (user is aware the hallucination is not real).

When symptoms are uncomfortable or frightening, this is referred to as a “bad trip”.

  • Excitable
  • Wild-eyed
  • Dilated pupils
  • Hallucinations


Bath Salts

Street Names: Bath powder, drone, MCAT, vanilla sky, blue magic

Forms: Crystalline powder, capsules, tablets

Type: Stimulant and/or hallucinogen

Shortness of breath, blurry vision, tremors, hyperthermia, excitement, extreme agitation, seizures, convulsions, hallucinations, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure and psychosis.

  • Unusual body odour
  • Fever
  • Profuse sweating
  • Skin rashes/skin infections
  • Irritation/bleeding of the nose, mouth or throat
  • Muscle twitching

Ecstasy (MDMA)

Street Names: E, XTC, X, Pill, Peanut, Ecstasy, Dove, Love Drug

Forms: Tablets with various logos and colours

Type:  Stimulant and/or hallucinogen

Euphoria, increased alertness, teeth grinding and jaw pain, anxiety, nausea and vomiting, heightening of emotions and sensory perceptions, loss of inhibitions, increased blood pressure and heart rate and hallucinations.

  • Muscle tension
  • Involuntary teeth  chattering
  • Rapid blinking of eyes
  • Dilated pupils
  • Hyperthermia
  • Dehydration
  • Confusion

(Gamma Hydroxybutyrate)

Street Names: GH, Juice, Liquid Ecstasy, Date Rape Drug

Forms: Colourless, odorless liquid or powder

Type: Depressant


Street Names:  Roofies, Rope, The forget pill

Forms: Tablet, powder

Type: Sedative

Dizziness, memory loss, confusion,
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of consciousness and decreased heart rate.

  • Drowsiness
  • Unconsciousness (in and out)
  • Slow movements
  • Lowered body temperature



Street Names: Special K, Vitamin K, Ket, Ketty

Forms: Liquid, powder, tablets

Type: Hallucinogen

Drunken/dizzy feeling, confusion, memory loss, loss of coordination, inability to speak, decreased response to pain, confusion, nausea and vomiting.
Some people experience “near death” or “out-of-body” sensations; this is referred to as “going through the k-hole”.

  • Insensitive to pain
  • Difficulty reasoning
  • Coordination problems
  • Slurred speech



Street Names: Crystal Meth, Ice, Crank, Speed, Chalk

Forms: Powder, crystals, tablets

Type:  Stimulant

Euphoria, increased alertness of mind, excessively talkative, decreased appetite, dry mouth, teeth grinding, muscle shaking, paranoia, anxiety, hallucinations, increased heart rate and difficulty sleeping.

  • Increased breathing rate
  • Dry mouth
  • Dilated pupils
  • Blurred vision
  • Quickened vital signs
  • Restlessness
  • Tremors
  • “Tweaking” (combination of anxiety, irritability, aggression, paranoia and hallucinations)

PCP (Phencyclidine)

Street Names: Mess, Horse, Angel Dust, TH, Peace Pill, Crazy Eddie

Forms: Powder, tablets

Type: Hallucinogen

Drowsiness, impaired coordination, blurred vision, distortion of time/space, detachment from the environment and reality and increased heart rates.

  • Very strong physically
  • Increased breathing rate
  • Insensitive to pain
  • Completely confused
  • Wild-eyed

(Synthetic Cannabinoids)

Street Names: Synthetic Marijuana, Hayze Spice, Herb Dream, Herbal Potpourri, Krypto Buds,
Cloud 9

Forms:Mix of herbs sprayed with man-made compounds that mimic the effects of marijuana

Type: Hallucinogen

Nausea and vomiting, dizziness, extreme anxiety, agitation and panic attacks, euphoria, unrealistic fears, altered sense of time and space, confusion, insomnia, short-term memory loss, convulsions, seizures, suicide, increased heart rate and high blood pressure. Spice may also trigger or aggravate underlying psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Dry mouth