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This Is Your Brain on Drugs
by Staff
Prescription, illicit, legal, homegrown — drugs are part of our lives, for better or for worse. They help cure disease, quell a fever or just make you high. How well do you know your drugs? Take this quiz to find out.

You're taking this drug because it's a cheap alternative to cocaine or meth.

  • salvia
  • bath salts
  • LSD

After taking this drug, you experience blue-tinged vision.

  • Ambien
  • Prozac
  • Viagra

When you take this drug, the hallucinogenic effect you experience is due to a substance called psilocybin.

  • pot
  • mushrooms
  • MDMA

You can't stop grinding your teeth. What drug are you on?

  • ecstasy
  • salvia
  • weed

You need to lower the levels of glucose in your blood. What drug are you on?

  • Avapro
  • aspirin
  • insulin

If you are taking a pill that affects serotonin levels in your brain, you're on:

  • Celebrex
  • Lexapro
  • Levaquin

You're wired and overstimulated, and your blood pressure is heightened. You just took some:

  • pot
  • mushrooms
  • cocaine

Miley Cyrus made headlines in 2010 when a video of her taking a hit of this drug hit YouTube.

  • salvia
  • pot
  • crack

You need this drug to treat the manic episodes of manic depression.

  • diphenhydramine
  • clonazepam
  • lithium

You took a "smart drug" so you could stay up all night cramming for finals. What drug are you on?

  • Oxycontin
  • Xanax
  • Adderall

You're pretty sure you just saw a purple dragon walking up the living room wall. You just took some:

  • LSD
  • Rohypnol
  • ketamine

You're suddenly developing bad acne, you're hostile and aggressive and (if you're male) your testicles are shrinking. What drug are you on?

  • ephedrine
  • steroids
  • MDMA

You're often scratching at your skin, and you've developed some pretty nasty dental issues. You have a problem with:

  • coke
  • heroin
  • meth

Your urine is red, but it's not blood. You're probably taking:

  • phenazopyridine
  • Viagra
  • ephedrine

A few days after taking this pill, you receive several packages from Amazon you don't remember ordering. You likely had a reaction to your:

  • Prozac
  • zolpidem
  • morphine

TMI alert: This weight-loss drug became more famous for making its users poop their pants than for actually helping people lose weight.

  • Alli
  • Dexatrim
  • Meridia

This drug, which comes from poppies, has some of the worst withdrawal symptoms, as heavy users feel effects in only a few hours.

  • nicotine
  • salvia
  • heroin

Used outside the United States as a sedative, this drug can psychologically and physically incapacitate you.

  • Klonopin
  • Rohypnol
  • ketamine

In an effort to quit smoking, the medication you're prescribed makes you become aggressive and experience night terrors. You're taking:

  • Chantix
  • Wellbutrin
  • Nicoderm

You're going through chemo and using a drug to stimulate your appetite. Your friends keep asking if they can have some. You're using:

  • Percocet
  • marijuana
  • molly