Most Prevalent Drugs in New York

08 Aug Most Prevalent Drugs in New York

New York is the third most populated state in the United States and home to some of the strictest drug laws in the country. Still, it’s important to understand the drug culture in your area to keep you and your teen safe. To get started, here is a list of the most prevalent drugs in New York.

Most Prevalent Drugs in New York

By Teen Rehab

Drug use can sometimes vary from state to state so it's important to be educated in what drugs are most prevalent in your area. Here are the four most common drugs used in New York.

  • Marijuana in New York

    By Teen Rehab

    [Marijuana is one of the most used drugs](http://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/organization/workgroups-interest-groups-consortia/community-epidemiology-work-group-cewg/new-york-city-new-york) in New York and accounts for one-quarter of drug treatment admissions in the state. Fifty percent of males arrested for drug crimes in the state tested positive for marijuana use.

  • Effects of Marijuana

    By Teen Rehab

    [Marijuana is derived from a natural plant.](http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/marijuana.html) It can be smoked or consumed. Some negative side effects can include memory loss, slowed learning, drowsiness, increased appetite and paranoia.

  • Cocaine in New York

    By Teen Rehab

    Cocaine is another widely-used drug used in New York. [Between 2004-2007](http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/survey/survey-2009drugod.pdf), cocaine was cited as the number one reason for drug-related emergency department visits in the state and [has only continued to increase since](http://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/organization/workgroups-interest-groups-consortia/community-epidemiology-work-group-cewg/new-york-city-new-york).

  • Effects of Cocaine

    By Teen Rehab

    [Cocaine is a powerful, stimulant drug](http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/cocaine) that can be snorted or dissolved in water and injected. Cocaine alters dopamine levels in the brain, which means it creates feelings of pleasure and reward. Its negative side effects include constricted blood vessels, raised body temperature, increased heart rate, decreased appetite, anxiety, irritability, paranoia and abdominal pain.

  • Heroin in New York

    By Teen Rehab

    Heroin is also a [significant concern in the state of New York.](http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/survey/survey-2009drugod.pdf) Opioids are the most commonly used drug in New York, with heroin being included in this category. Among heroin users, injection use has increased in recent years, heightening the risk for HIV infection.

  • Effects of Heroin

    By Teen Rehab

    [Heroin is a highly addictive opiate](http://www.drugfree.org/drug-guide/heroin/) that is derived from processed morphine. It gives users a high that feels like a "rush," followed by feelings of warmth and comfort. Negative side effects include paranoia, confusion, nausea, inability to sleep, dry mouth and lack of appetite.

  • Prescription Drug Abuse in New York

    By Teen Rehab

    A growing concern in New York is the [increasing prescription drug abuse](http://healthyamericans.org/reports/drugabuse2013/release.php?stateid=NY) in the state. Currently, the majority of deaths due to overdose are from prescription drugs, and the New York Department of Health has called for increased restriction and awareness of the dangers of prescription medication abuse.

  • Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse

    By Teen Rehab

    [Abusing prescription drugs](http://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/prescription-drugs) by taking them unnecessarily or in significant quantities can lead to negative side effects such as drowsiness, nausea, paranoia, increased heart rate, slurred speech, seizures, disorientation and addiction.

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