As taken from the NIH,

Drug abuse is a serious public health problem that affects almost every community and family in some way. Each year drug abuse causes millions of serious illnesses or injuries among Americans.  Abused drugs include:

Alcohol (Booze, Juice, Hooch, Sauce, Rotgut)


Anabolic Steroids

Bath Salts (Ivory Wave, Bloom, Cloud Nine, Lunar Wave, Vanilla Sky, White Lightning, Scarface)

Club Drugs

               GHB: Grievous Bodily Harm, G, Liquid Ecstasy, Georgia Home Boy

Ketamine: Special K, K, Vitamin K, Cat Valiums

Rohypnol: Roofies, Rophies, Roche, Forget-me Pill

Cocaine (Coke, Coca, Snow, Flake, Blow)


LSD: Acid, Boomers, Yellow Sunshines, blotter, dots, window panes, sugar, trips,

PCP: Angel/Angel Dust, boat/love boat, peace, killer week, super grass, ozone

Heroin (Smack, Junk, H, Black tar, Horse)


K2 Spice

Marijuana (Weed, Pot, Grass, Herb & Boom)

MDMA (Ecstasy, Molly, XTC, X, Adam, Clarity, Lover’s Speed)

Methamphetamines (Meth, Crank, Ice, Crystal, Glass, Fire, Chalk)

Prescriptions Drugs

Oxycodone:  Oxy, Cotton, Percs

Hydrocodone:  Vikes, Vikings    


Drug abuse also plays a role in many major social problems, such as drugged driving, violence, stress, and child abuse. Drug abuse can lead to homelessness, crime, and missed work or problems with keeping a job. It harms unborn babies and destroys families. There are different types of treatment for drug abuse. But the best is to prevent drug abuse in the first place.

Using Drugs while having anesthesia can be life threatening.  It can also impact on our ability to manage your post operative pain.  If you are using drugs, please STOP all drug use immediately prior to surgery.  It is essential that you discuss your drug use with the pre-operative team and/or your anesthesiologist so that necessary safety measures can be put into place.

Patients who are recovering from drug use and are on the following medications: Buprenorphine, Suboxone, Butrans, or Subutex should discuss this with the Pre-operative Team at their Pre-op Visit.


Office of Justice Programs

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delingquency Prevention

Office for Victims of Crime 

Drug Enforcement Administration

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Office of National Drug Control Policy Clearinghouse

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator