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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
+ - 1,393 343
Heroin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

3
+ - 1,369 339
Methamphetamine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Methamphetamine Obesity, Narcolepsy

4
+ - 1,067 250
Crack cocaine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

5
+ - 586 81
Bath Salts is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Bath Salts

6
+ - 838 242
PCP is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
PCP

7
+ - 731 255
Inhalants is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

8
+ - 426 186
Desomorphine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

9
+ - 706 304
Speed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

10
+ - 693 416
Cocaine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Cocaine Pain, Cough

11
+ - 583 270
K2 (AKA Spice) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
K2 (AKA Spice)

12
+ - 601 339
Oxycodone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Oxycodone Post-Operative Pain

13
+ - 868 457
Alcohol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Alcohol

14
+ - 542 335
Morphine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Morphine Dyspnea, Pain, Intractable Pain

15
+ - 428 212
Rohypnol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

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+ - 478 259
Methadone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Methadone Opioid-Related Disorders, Intractable Pain

17
+ - 233 120
Ketamine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

18
+ - 440 250
Barbituates is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

19
+ - 451 282
Anabolic Steroids is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

20
+ - 476 323
Opium is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Opium Crohn's disease, Pain, Diarrhea

21
+ - 279 202
Xanax is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Xanax

22
+ - 347 237
Quaaludes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Quaaludes

23
+ - 427 315
Tobacco leaf extract is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

24
+ - 336 250
Tranquilizers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

25
+ - 143 113
Atypical Antipsychotics is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Atypical Antipsychotics

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+ - 302 252
Methylphenidate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Methylphenidate Attention deficit disorder, Hyperactivity, Narcolepsy

27
+ - 374 395
MDMA is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

28
+ - 168 161
Zanamivir is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

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+ - 319 296
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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+ - 301 277
Ritalin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

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+ - 329 309
Adderall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

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+ - 288 271
Clonazepam is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Clonazepam Myoclonic epilepsy, Panic disorder, Tic

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+ - 156 157
Temazepam is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Temazepam

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+ - 126 121
Typical Antipsychotics is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Typical Antipsychotics

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+ - 301 288
Vicodin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

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+ - 286 326
Codeine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Codeine Post-Operative Pain, Pain, Cough

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+ - 262 264
Ambien CR is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

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+ - 192 185
Seconal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Seconal

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+ - 108 125
Venlafaxine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Venlafaxine Autism, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Pain

40
+ - 220 286
Salvia divinorum is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

41
+ - 231 251
Diazepam is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Diazepam Ménière's disease, Panic disorder, Tetanus

42
+ - 97 114
Venlafaxine and SNRIs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Venlafaxine and SNRIs

43
+ - 168 182
Eszopiclone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Eszopiclone Insomnia - Lunesta

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+ - 103 137
SSRIs is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
SSRIs

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+ - 219 290
Tramadol is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Tramadol Pain

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+ - 38 36
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Cheese

47
+ - 187 281
Mescaline is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Drugs for You

48
+ - 41 83
Metoclopramide is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Metoclopramide Gastroparesis, Gastroesophageal reflux disease

49
+ - 194 300
Muscle Relaxers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Drugs for You
Muscle Relaxers

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+ - 204 385
Viagra is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Drugs for You