Most Popular Abused Drugs & Paraphernalia to Go with Them

25. March 2016

The Community Drug and Alcohol Council, commonly referred to as the CDAC, recently released a list of the most commonly abused drugs. If you believe a loved one is struggling with addiction or alcoholism chances are they are using one of these substances. Keep an eye out for the various types of paraphernalia that often accompany these substances, if you find the paraphernalia around the house or in their belongings then your hunch may be right. This list is in no particular order.


One of the most largely used and abused drugs in the world. This plant can be grown almost anywhere in the world if the conditions are right. Most people who smoke marijuana will do so using either wrapping papers (for joints and blunts), bowls (commonly made of glass or metal) and bongs. These glass bowls should not be confused with the ones used for smoking meth and crack. Marijuana will often leave behind a sticky black substance that is commonly referred to as resin. Marijuana has an extremely distinct smell. Small shavings from the sides of the buds can be scattered around, looks like shaved oregano leaves with small crystals on them.

person cooking heroin in spoon with needle


Heroin has been a growing issue in the United States over the past 10 years. It is usually sold in small wax bags, clear pill capsules, or in foil. China white heroin is more commonly found on the east coast while black tar is more prominent on the west coast. Users of black tar will either smoke it or inject. China white can be snorted, injected or smoked. Users will use syringes to inject, they will often mix it in the tops of water bottles or in spoons. They will use small bits of cotton to filter the heroin into the needle. They use rolled up dollars bills and straws to snort it.


Crack Cocaine is a white/yellow rock substance made from mixing cocaine with other materials. It is commonly sold in small plastic bags but can be sold in other packages. Users will most often smoke crack out of a small glass pipe with Chore Boy pushed into it. Some users will inject the crack by breaking it down with common household items. They will use a needle to inject it.

Powder Cocaine

Cocaine is a white powdery substance with the texture of baking powder/soda. It is often sold in small plastic bags but it can be sold in other packaging. It is most commonly snorted using a rolled up dollar bill or cut straw. Cocaine can be snorted, smoked and injected.

meth pipe

Crystal Meth

Crystal meth looks similar to the clear rock candies we used to eat as kids but broken down into smaller portions. Crystal meth can be made by combining various drugs and chemicals together, it will have different color shades and will vary in opacity. Crystal is often sold in small plastic bags but can be sold in other packaging. Crystal meth can be snorted, injected and smoked.

Prescription Pills

Prescription pills have become an epidemic in this country. The most commonly abused are opiates and Benzodiazepines. Common opiates are Oxycodone, Morphine and Percocet. Common benzos are Xanax and Valium. If you found a pill and you’re not sure what it is or where it came from go on google. Simply search the letters you see on the pill along with it’s color and you should get instant identifying results. Prescription pills can be used almost any way. They can obviously be taken orally, but they can also be snorted, smoked and injected. When smoked users will usually place the pill on a piece of foil, they will burn the underbelly of the foil causing the pill to smoke and slide down. They will chase the smoke using a straw or empty pen. This will leave long black lines on the foil. If someone is shooting the pills up they will have needles or a spoon. The pills must be filtered out by using small bits of cotton.

Is a Loved One Struggling?

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