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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
Krokodil

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2
+ - 1,341 333
Heroin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

3
+ - 1,321 333
Methamphetamine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Methamphetamine Obesity, Narcolepsy

4
+ - 1,031 243
Crack cocaine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

5
+ - 536 75
Bath Salts is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Bath Salts

6
+ - 803 231
PCP is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
PCP

7
+ - 703 241
Inhalants is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

8
+ - 406 179
Desomorphine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

9
+ - 681 300
Speed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

10
+ - 671 395
Cocaine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Cocaine Pain, Cough

11
+ - 584 321
Oxycodone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Oxycodone Post-Operative Pain

12
+ - 836 442
Alcohol is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Alcohol

13
+ - 528 320
Morphine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Morphine Dyspnea, Pain, Intractable Pain

14
+ - 554 267
K2 (AKA Spice) is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
K2 (AKA Spice)

15
+ - 413 204
Rohypnol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

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16
+ - 461 248
Methadone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Methadone Opioid-Related Disorders, Intractable Pain

17
+ - 219 104
Ketamine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

18
+ - 428 239
Barbituates is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

19
+ - 435 273
Anabolic Steroids is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

20
+ - 460 310
Opium is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Opium Crohn's disease, Pain, Diarrhea

21
+ - 263 184
Xanax is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Xanax

22
+ - 332 226
Quaaludes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Quaaludes

23
+ - 413 299
Tobacco leaf extract is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

24
+ - 326 235
Tranquilizers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

25
+ - 133 102
Atypical Antipsychotics is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Atypical Antipsychotics

26
+ - 291 244
Methylphenidate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Methylphenidate Attention deficit disorder, Hyperactivity, Narcolepsy

27
+ - 362 380
MDMA is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

28
+ - 163 152
Zanamivir is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

29
+ - 312 282
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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+ - 122 106
Typical Antipsychotics is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Typical Antipsychotics

31
+ - 289 264
Ritalin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

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+ - 280 256
Clonazepam is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Clonazepam Myoclonic epilepsy, Panic disorder, Tic

33
+ - 314 295
Adderall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

34
+ - 293 273
Vicodin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

35
+ - 279 310
Codeine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Codeine Post-Operative Pain, Pain, Cough

36
+ - 150 150
Temazepam is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Temazepam

37
+ - 254 253
Ambien CR is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

38
+ - 187 178
Seconal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Seconal

39
+ - 106 114
Venlafaxine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Venlafaxine Autism, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Pain

40
+ - 224 238
Diazepam is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Diazepam Ménière's disease, Panic disorder, Tetanus

41
+ - 93 105
Venlafaxine and SNRIs is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Venlafaxine and SNRIs

42
+ - 213 275
Salvia divinorum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

43
+ - 163 175
Eszopiclone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Eszopiclone Insomnia - Lunesta

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+ - 97 127
SSRIs is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
SSRIs

45
+ - 213 278
Tramadol is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Tramadol Pain

46
+ - 28 24
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Cheese

47
+ - 182 267
Mescaline is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

48
+ - 38 74
Metoclopramide is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Metoclopramide Gastroparesis, Gastroesophageal reflux disease

49
+ - 189 285
Muscle Relaxers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Muscle Relaxers

50
+ - 199 369
Viagra is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Drugs for You