Drug Abuse Caring for the Smallest Victims of
Pediatric Interim Care Center, The Newborn Nursery

It is helpful to know the categories of drugs when preparing for caring for drug-exposed infants.

Following is a drug primer by classification including their common names.

  • Stimulants

    Amphetamines, cocaine, crack, tobacco

  • Depressants

    Alcohol, barbiturates, tranquilizers, Qualudes

  • Hallucinogens

    Marijuana, LSD, PCP, peyote/mescaline

  • Inhalants

    Glue, nail polish remover, gasoline

  • Opiates


    Opium, Heroin, Methadone

  • Psychotropic Prescription Drugs for

    Psychiatric Disorders

     Haloperidol, chlorpromazine, thioridazine

  • Prescription Drugs

    Morphine, Oxycodone, OxyCotin, Vicodin             




Drug  Effects on the Body



Increase the activity of the heart and provide a temporary sense of well-being.



Excite the brain with resulting mood changes and even short-term insanity.



Act on the central nervous system to produce both euphoria and drowsiness.



Alter the mind to give a brief feeling of euphoria



Reduces the sensation of pain and gives a feeling of well-being.


Psychotropic / Prescription Drugs for Psychiatric Disorders:

Are used to treat emotional, mental and metabolic disorders.




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