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List Rules Vote up any substance that affects the body, regardless of legality.

There is no question that certain drugs have specific benefits when used correctly, but where do we draw the line between drugs that are helpful and drugs that are harmful? Adderall, a stimulant, is extremely beneficial when it comes to helping someone focus when it is either difficult or unachievable, but when addiction sets in and daily function can no longer persist without the aid of that drug, has the helpful/harmful line been irrevocably crossed? Are we now in the territory of the most dangerous drugs or even the worst drugs in the world?

This list seeks to engage readers in a thoughtful discourse about what the worst drugs for you really are, and not which ones are simply the most addictive drugs (though many of the worst ones will likely also be the most addictive). The important thing to remember when considering what the most harmful drugs are is that there is no solid line between bad drugs and good drugs; many will consider alcohol an innocuous substance while others would rank it above crystal meth based on personal experiences.

Most times, when people begin using any type of drug, they do it seeking some sort of benefit such as stress relief from marijuana, increased focus from Ritalin, or pain relief from morphine. When the search for pleasure becomes a quest to relieve the pain of addiction or a fractured life brought on by a drug, that is when it crosses into the harmful category.

This list, as you may have gathered with the introduction of alcohol into the conversation, is not just about the most harmful illegal drugs, it's a catch-all of prescription drugs, pharmaceuticals, and "harmless" substances like caffeine. This poll is here to gather the opinions of real people as opposed to doctors and lawmakers who would deem the majority of this list of drugs harmful if used in any situation. All of the drugs on this list of worst drugs has a positive use and a negative abuse, and the point is to sort out one from the other and determine what the worst drugs really are (based on intended use, actual use, and potential addiction and side effects).

If you think a drug has no potential benefit for its user and will only come with negative side effects, vote it up to the top of the list of most harmful drugs. If you think something has a continuing value to the user and society, vote it down and make it known you think it is a harmless drug (or at least a beneficial drug when used correctly). If you think there is a drug that's bad for you not listed, make sure to add it so it can be part of the debate on which drug is the worst for you.
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Krokodil is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
rvrijn1980 added Krokodil

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1,448 356
Heroin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

3
1,409 356
Methamphetamine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Methamphetamine Obesity, Narcolepsy

4
635 88
Bath Salts is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
modestas-kaminskas added Bath Salts

5
1,097 263
Crack cocaine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

6
878 253
PCP is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
PCP

7
763 266
Inhalants is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

8
447 196
Desomorphine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
anonymouss added Desomorphine

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733 314
Speed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

10
714 436
Cocaine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Cocaine Pain, Cough

11
611 278
K2 (AKA Spice) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
K2 (AKA Spice)

12
631 354
Oxycodone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Oxycodone Post-Operative Pain

13
901 471
Alcohol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Alcohol

14
558 350
Morphine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Morphine Dyspnea, Pain, Intractable Pain

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446 218
Rohypnol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

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495 271
Methadone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Methadone Opioid-Related Disorders, Intractable Pain

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248 130
Ketamine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
modestas-kaminskas added Ketamine

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450 261
Barbituates is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

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462 294
Anabolic Steroids is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

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489 340
Opium is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Opium Crohn's disease, Pain, Diarrhea

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296 222
Xanax is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
JustinKim added Xanax

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357 247
Quaaludes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Quaaludes

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442 328
Tobacco leaf extract is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

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347 259
Tranquilizers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

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151 124
Atypical Antipsychotics is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
modestas-kaminskas added Atypical Antipsychotics

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314 264
Methylphenidate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Methylphenidate Attention deficit disorder, Hyperactivity, Narcolepsy

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386 410
MDMA is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

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176 166
Zanamivir is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
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334 306
Hydrocodone is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Hydrocodone Post-Operative Pain, Obstructive lung disease, Cough

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314 291
Ritalin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

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341 326
Adderall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

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298 282
Clonazepam is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Clonazepam Myoclonic epilepsy, Panic disorder, Tic

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296 338
Codeine is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Codeine Post-Operative Pain, Pain, Cough

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311 301
Vicodin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

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163 169
Temazepam is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Clyde88 added Temazepam

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131 134
Typical Antipsychotics is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
modestas-kaminskas added Typical Antipsychotics

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272 273
Ambien CR is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

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200 191
Seconal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Seconal

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234 295
Salvia divinorum is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

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238 261
Diazepam is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Diazepam Ménière's disease, Panic disorder, Tetanus

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112 138
Venlafaxine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
modestas-kaminskas added Venlafaxine Autism, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Pain

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102 125
Venlafaxine and SNRIs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
modestas-kaminskas added Venlafaxine and SNRIs

43
173 188
Eszopiclone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Eszopiclone Insomnia - Lunesta

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108 152
SSRIs is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
modestas-kaminskas added SSRIs

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226 308
Tramadol is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Tramadol Pain

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193 289
Mescaline is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

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45 91
Metoclopramide is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
blankmates added Metoclopramide Gastroparesis, Gastroesophageal reflux disease

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200 312
Muscle Relaxers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Muscle Relaxers

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210 399
Viagra is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

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47 157
Oatmeal is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
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