If drug information
were money, we'd all be trillionaires by now.
Think about it.
Sometimes, it almost seems like it's everywhere you look today
-- on TV, at school, in magazines, in ads zooming past on buses
and looming down from billboards.
is a frying pan. This is an egg. This is an egg in a frying pan.
Drugs are like this, only different. Any questions?"
well-intentioned. And most of it's true (in one way or another),
but a lot of it's just dumb. And what isn't dumb, can be eggs-cruciatingly
(ouch!)boring the 5,000th time around.
That's why we put together this quiz: to let you sort out what
you really know from what you only might think you know about
drugs and alcohol.
So be like an egg in a non-teflon frying pan: Stick around.
Because sometimes, there's a world of difference between the
And the difference can add up to something a lot more precious
to all of us than money.
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K" is a PCP-like drug that can cause users to believe they've
been contacted by extraterrestrials.
2. Hash oil is
derived from hashish and rarely contains other drugs.
3. Which can
increase the risk of HIV infection?
c. heroin or other IV drug use
d. all of the above
4. Which of the
following drugs is most often linked to incidents of date rape?
5. The main active
ingredient in most forms of "herbal ecstasy" is:
a. St. John's
c. a user's own imagination
d. something else
a. an amphetamine-based
b. a powerful barbiturate
c. an orange powder with purple "flavor crystals"
7. What's the
best treatment for heroin overdose?
b. induce vomiting
8. Does cocaine
9. Which is used
in Native American religious ceremonies?
10. Which class
doesn't cause physical dependence?
a. safe and effective
when taken as directed
b. copycat chemicals designed to mimic illegal drugs
c. made in Third World sweatshops by child chemists
12. Alcohol contains
about how many calories per ounce?
13. The most
potent form of marijuana or cannabis is:
14. Which is
most likely to trigger overdose with alcohol?
15. What side
effects are linked to long-term use of anabolic steroids?
a. heart disease
c. severe acne
d. all of the above
16. Which drug
causes the most proven birth defects?
17. The most-widely
used tranquilizer in America is:
18. A cheap,
smokable form of cocaine is known as:
e. b and d
19. On the street,
PCP is sold as:
a. angel dust
d. all of the above
20. "Ice" is a smokable form of which drug?
1. (a) strange,
but true. Various
users of the dissociative anesthetic ketamine (AKA "K"
or "Special K") -- including early researcher Dr. John
Lilly -- have reported that they felt in telepathic contact with
extraterrestrials while under K's influence. None has produced
autopsy photos or other forms of proof, though, despite the fact
that Fox would probably pay a fortune for the TV rights.
2. (a) true. In nearly all cases, hash oil really
is just that, a concentrate of hashish in an alcohol solution.
3. (d) all of the above. Although only heroin
and other injectable drugs are linked directly to transmission
of the AIDS virus (through the sharing of contaminated needles),
alcohol, cocaine, and other drugs can lead to high-risk sex,
which can increase risk of infection.
4. (c) alcohol. Although the sleeping pill Rohypnol®
was labeled the date-rape drug by the media in the mid-'90s (since
it could be slipped undetected into an unsuspecting woman's drink
and caused full or partial amnesia in victims), all the drugs
listed (and perhaps all drugs period) have been linked to date
rape. Still, alcohol figures into more reports of date rape and
sexual assault than any other drug.
5. (b) ephedrine. The main ingredient in most forms
of herbal ecstasy is the natural bronchodilator ephedrine, with
other natural stimulants (including caffeine) thrown in to impress
the gullible. The natural antidepressant St. John's wort hasn't
turned up in herbal "E" yet, but that doesn't mean
it won't, given the tight new controls the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration has imposed on over-the-counter sale of ephedrine.[If
you guessed (c) you're right, too -- maybe even more right. Give
yourself full credit.]
6. (a) an amphetamine-based hallucinogen. "Ecstasy"
is known pharmacologically as MDMA. Its chemical structure is
similar to both mescaline and amphetamine.
7. (a) mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Making
the victim of a heroin overdose throw up not only doesn't help,
it can even make things worse. Since most heroin users inject
the drug, there's no good reason to induce vomiting.
8. (a) yes. Like other potent stimulant drugs,
cocaine can cause serious dependence.
9. (c) peyote. The peyote cactus, which grows
in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, is still used in ceremonies
of the Native American Church. Religious use of peyote dates
back thousands of years.
10. (b) hallucinogens. While hallucinogens do
not cause addiction or withdrawal, all opiates and barbiturates
11. (b) copycat chemicals designed to mimic illegal
drugs. Designer drugs are designed to simulate such controlled
drugs as heroin and amphetamine. Since they're usually untested,
they can pose serious risks to unwitting human guinea pigs.
12. (c) 200. Beverage alcohol contains about
200 calories per ounce. Add mixer, a pineapple slice, and a little
straw umbrella, and you come up with lots of calories -- but
no nutrition. (Unless you eat the pineapple or the umbrella.)
13. (a) hashish. Ganja and kif are common names
for marijuana in India and the Middle East.
14. (c) barbiturates. In combination, alcohol
and other depressant drugs can produce a deadly synergism, with
effects more multiplicative than additive. Translation? Mix alcohol
and downers, and 3 + 3 doesn't add up to 6, but something more
like 9. And for some people, it can add up to a lot more than
15. (d) all of the above. Synthetic versions
of the male sex hormone testosterone, steroids can cause a number
of side effects, including heart disease, acne, and impotence.
Need any other reasons to leave them alone?
16. (c) alcohol. The No. 1 cause of birth defects
in America is alcohol. Babies born to women who drink during
pregnancy can suffer permanent defects known as Fetal Alcohol
Syndrome. Even occasional drinking can cause problems, and may
increase chances of stillbirth, growth retardation, and miscarriage.
17. (a) Xanax®. Although Valium® held
the top spot for years (and, for a while, was the most widely-prescribed
drug of all), Xanax® rules the roost today. Both are members
of the drug family known as benzodiazepines.
18. (e) b and d. Both "crack" and
"rock" are the same thing -- a form of cocaine sold
in small chunks, which are smoked by users. But no matter what
you call it, crack has made a name for itself as the king of
street drugs -- and a real mother of an addiction.
19. (d) all of the above. Even though PCP is
used medically only as an animal tranquilizer, that hasn't stopped
people from wolfing it down. The reason it often travels under
aliases is that it's so unpredictable and so often unpleasant
that users don't exactly clamor for it or ask it for it by name.
Large doses can cause hallucinations, delusions, amnesia, and
20. (a) methamphetamine. A concentrated form
of crystal methamphetamine, "ice" is smoked, just like
crack cocaine. It carries all the risks of traditional amphetamine
use, and then some, due to the rapid onset of its effects and
the intensity of its high, plus the unknown hazards of direct
exposure of lung tissue to meth vapors.
19-20 right. Drug eggs-pert!
Congratulations! You're a real drug information egghead. Still,
you did mess up the grading curve for everyone else.
16-18 right. Over easy! Eggs-cellent score,
dude/dudette! If drug information really were money, you'd
be rolling in it. Keep up the good work!
13-15 right. Soft-boiled. Not bad, but your drug
info quotient is slightly runny, and could stand improvement.
Just don't try to catch up by experimenting on yourself, or you
could end up fried.
10-12 right. You must be yolking! Take two
drug education pamphlets and call us in the morning. Otherwise,
you could eggs-acerbate a bad situation.
Less than 10. Egg-ads! Run -- don't walk
-- to the nearest telephone and dial (480) 736-0599 to request
our free DrugSmart information sampler. Or check out our web
site at www.doitnow.org.
And no matter how well you did, remember: What you don't know
can hurt you, and that's especially true when what you don't
know about happens to be drugs and alcohol.
Take care. And be careful of what you take.