Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6Drug and Alcohol Information While these substances are seldom used by elementary students, parents must stay informed in order to keep their children safe. Alcohol - Underage drinking is widespread. Alcohol affects brain development, and there is a danger of alcohol poisoning. Cocaine -This stimulant speeds up all body processes. Cocaine is addictive and can be snorted or injected. Ecstasy - A popular“club drug,” this stimulant produces psychedelic effects for several hours. Inhalants - Aerosol cans, gasoline, freon, and paint are all used as inhalants. Marijuana - The leaves can be rolled into a“joint,” smoked in a pipe, or smoked from a tube (bong). Marijuana is the illegal drug most often used by teens. Prescription and Over the Counter (OTC) Drugs - Prescription drugs and OTC drugs (cough syrup, cold pills, etc.) are often the“drugs of choice”because they can be easily obtained from homes and stores. Steroids - Many athletes choose to take anabolic steroids to increase muscle mass. Tobacco - Tobacco is considered a“gateway drug.” Teens who smoke are more likely to use other drugs.