Drug Education Resource Library


Cordant offers informational sheets on different substances of abuse. These pieces are created and reviewed by our scientific staff to ensure the latest and most relevant information is included for your use. To download the PDF, click on the image and fill out a brief form, to utilize and share the file with colleagues.

Barbiturates refers to a class of drugs that affect the central nervous system as a depressant. Common barbiturates include phenobarbital and butabarbital.

Benzodiazepines refers to a class of drugs that affects the central nervous system as a depressant. Common benzodiazepines include lorazepam, clonazepam and diazepam.

Club drugs affect the central nervous system. Club drugs include GHB, ecstasy and ketamine.

Cocaine is a nervous system stimulant. Cocaine is highly addictive though sometimes used in a hospital setting as a local anesthetic.

Ecstasy, also known as MDMA, is a hallucinogen.

EtG is a more specific and sensitive test to detect alcohol use than a traditional alcohol screen. Learn more about testing for EtG/EtS.

Fentanyl is a dangerous opioid that is 80-100 times more potent than morphine.

Flakka is a relatively new street drug that is similar to bath salts. Learn more about the dangers of Flakka.

GHB is a central nervous system depressant.

Heroin is an illegal substance that has been around for quite some time, but recent abuse of the opioid has skyrocketed in concert with prescription opioid abuse.

Kratom is a plant-based drug that produces stimulant effects. Kratom is illegal in certain states.

Methadone is a powerful opioid that is similar to morphine and has a sedative effect.

Methamphetamine and amphetamine belong to a group of drugs called sympathomimetic amines that are central nervous system stimulants.

Methaqualone is a sedative hypnotic. Street names for methaqualone include Quaaludes and Quades.

Nicotine/continine is a common drug that is not currently illegal, but not allowed in some workplaces.

Opiates refer to a class of drug that has been used for thousands of years for treatment of pain and remain the primary drugs used in pain management.

PCP is an illicit substance that is also a legitimate veterinary tranquilizer. It is related to another animal tranquilizer, ketamine.

Propoxyphene is a hallucinogen that is similar to codeine.

Psilocybin (mushrooms) are hallucinogens that have no legally prescribed medical use.

Spice is a synthetic drug similar to THC. Read more about the effects of Spice, also called K2.

This group consists of several different designer drugs; however, they are frequently referred to collectively because they are often indiscriminately prepared together within one dose and because of their similar effects on the body.

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