1. "Special K" is a PCP-like drug that can cause users to believe they've been contacted by extraterrestrials.

(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. Hash oil is derived from hashish and rarely contains other drugs.

(a) true. In nearly all cases, hash oil really is just that, a concentrate of hashish in an alcohol solution.

3. Which can increase the risk of HIV infection?

(d) all of the above. Although only heroin and other injectable drugs are linked directly to transmission of the virus that causes AIDS (through the sharing of contaminated needles), alcohol, cocaine, and other drugs can lead to high-risk sex, which can increase risk of infection.

4. Which of the following drugs is most often linked to incidents of date rape?

(c) alcohol. Although the sleeping pill Rohypnol® was labelled 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. The main active ingredient in most forms of "herbal ecstasy" is:

(b) ephedrine. The main ingredient in most forms of herbal ecsasy 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. [P.S. If you guessed (c) you're right, too -- maybe even more right. Give yourself full credit.]

6. "Ecstasy" is:

(a) an amphetamine-based hallucinogen. "Ecstasy" is known pharmacaologically as MDMA. Its chemical structure is similar to both mescaline and amphetamine.

7. What's the best treatment for heroin overdose?

(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. Does cocaine produce dependence?

 (a) yes. Like other potent stimulant drugs, cocaine can cause serious dependence.

9. Which is used in Native American religious ceremonies?

(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. Which class doesn't cause physical dependence?

(b) hallucinogens. While hallucinogens do not cause addiction or withdrawal problems, all opiates and barbiturates do.

11. "Designer drugs" are:

(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. Alcohol contains about how many calories per ounce?

(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 umbrella.) 

13. The most potent form of marijuana or cannabis is:

(a) hashish. Ganja and kif are common names for marijuana in India and the Middle East.

14. Which is most likely to trigger overdose with alcohol?

(c) barbiturates. In combination, alcohol and other depressant drugs can produce a deadly synergy, 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 that.

15. What side effects are linked to long-term use of anabolic steroids?

(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. Which drug causes the most proven birth defects?

(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. The most-widely used tranquilizer in America is:

(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. A cheap, smokable form of cocaine is known as:

(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 new king of street drugs--and as one mother of an addiction. 

19. On the street, PCP is sold as:

(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 so 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 overdose.

20. "Ice" is a smokable form of which drug?

(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.

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