Hard and soft drugs
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- Hard drugs are drugs that lead to physical addiction. Many countries do not allow people to make, sell or use some of them, other than for medical purposes. Examples of hard drugs are opiates (heroin, hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet), morphine), benzodiazepines (diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan)), methamphetamine (meth), cocaine, alcohol, GHB, and nicotine. If it is legal to sell them, like with alcohol or nicotine, there are often taxes that need to be paid for them.
- Soft drugs are not thought to cause physical addiction. Examples of soft drugs are cannabis, mescaline, psilocybin, LSD, ayahuasca, iboga, and DMT. While they do not cause physical addiction, some of them may still lead to psychological dependence.
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