Northwest College

Policies and Procedures

Alcohol and Drug Health Risks

OpiumDover's Powder, Paregoric, ParepectolinHighHigh
MorphineMorphine, MS-Contin, Roxanol, Roxanol-SRHighHigh
CodeineTylenol w/Codeine, Empirin w/Codeine, Robitussan A-C, Florinal w/CodeineModerateModerate
HeroinDiacetylmorphine, Horse, SmackHighHigh
MeperidineDemerol, MeperganHighHigh
MethadoneDolophine, Methadone, MethadoseHighHigh-Low
OtherNumorphan, Percodan, Percocet, Tylox, Tussionex, Fentanyl, Darvon, Lomotil, TalwinHigh-LowHigh-Low
Chloral HydrateNoctecModerateModerate
BarbituratesAmytal, Butisol, Florinal, Lotusate, Nembutal, Seconal, Tuinal, PhenobarbitalHigh-ModerateHigh-Moderate
BenzodiazepinesAtivan, Dalmane, Diazepam, Librium, Xanax, Serax, Valium, Tranzexe, Verstran, Versed, Halcion, Paxipam, RestorilLowLow
OtherEquanil, Miltown, Noludar, Placidyl, ValmidModerateModerate
CocaineCoke, Flake, Snow, CrackPossibleHigh
AmphetaminesBiphetamine, Delcobase, Desoxyn, Dexedrine, ObetrolPossibleHigh
OtherApidex, Cylert, Didrex, Ionamin, Melfiat, Pegine, Anorex, Tenuate, Tepanil, Prelu-2PossibleHigh
LSDAcid, MicrodotNoneUnknown
Mescaline and PeyoteAmxc, Buttons, CactusNoneUnknown
Amphetamine Variants2.5-DMA, PMA, STP, MDA, MDMA, TMA, DOM, DOBUnknownUnknown
PhencyclidinePCP, Angel Dust, HogUnknownHigh
Phencyclidine AnaloguesPCE, PCPy, TCPHighHigh
Other HallucinogensBufotenine, Ibogsine, DMT, DET, Psilocybin, PsilocynHighUnknown
MarijuanaPot, Acapulco Gold, Grass, Reefer, Sinsemilla, Thai SticksUnknownModerate
TetrahydrocannabinolTHC, MarinolUnknownModerate
Hashish OilHash OilUnknownModerate

Malt Beverage is beer, 1/2 of 1% to 6% alcohol
Unfortified Wine is not more than 17% alcohol
Fortified Wine is wine of not more than 24% alcohol
Spirituous Liquor is distilled spirits or ethyl alcohol, including spirits of wine, whiskey, rum, brandy, gin, etc.
Mixed Beverage is a drink composed in whole or part of spirituous liquor and served at restaurants, hotels and private clubs licensed by the State.


NOTE: This is not a complete listing of health risks. For more information contact your physician or pharmacist


Euphoria, drowsiness, respiratory depression, constricted pupils, nausea, tolerance developsSlow and shallow breathing, clammy skin, convulsions, coma, possible deathWatery eyes, runny nose, yawning, loss of appetite, irritability, tremors, panic, cramps, nausea, chills and sweating
Slurred speech, disorientation, drunken behavior without odor of alcohol, tolerance developsShallow respiration, clammy skin, dilated pupils, weak and rapid pulse, coma, possible deathAnxiety, insomnia, tremors, delirium, convulsions, possible death
Increased alertness, excitation, euphoria, increased pulse rate & blood pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite, tolerance developsAgitation, increase in body hallucination, convulsions, possible deathApathy, long periods of sleep, irritability, depression, disorientation
Illusions and hallucinations, poor perception time and distance, tolerance developsLonger, more intense "trip" episodes, psychosis, possible deathWithdrawal syndrome not reported
Euphoria, relaxed inhibitions, increased appetite, disoriented behavior, tolerance developsFatigue, paranoia, possible psychosisInsomnia, hyperactivity, and decreased appetite occasionally reported
Psychologically and physically addictive; respiratory depression; of the immune system; increased risk of heart disease, cancer, accidents, hypertension; brain damage; damage to unborn fetus; impotence levels. Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with Fetal AlcoholVery high doses cause respiratory and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined