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How long do drugs stay in the body?

Amphetamines: 2-4 days. Amphetamines are a stimulant and when abused can result in hallucinations, paranoia, anxiety and psychotic behavior.

Barbiturates: Short acting barbiturates: 3 days; Long acting barbiturates: 2 weeks. These central nervous system depressants and when abused can lead to physical dependence and tolerance.

Benzodiazepines: up to 2 weeks. Benzodiazepines are an anti-anxiety/sedative. Abuse of this drug can lead to physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms can include convulsions.

Cannabinoids (THC): 10 days to one month, sometimes longer. Marijuana has euphoric effects and users of this drug often experience short-term memory loss, impaired learning and bad judgment. Abuse can lead to dependence, cancer and other health problems.

Cocaine: 2-3 days. Cocaine is a stimulant that creates feelings of euphoria and heightens alertness and pleasure. Use and abuse of cocaine can result in physical dependence, insomnia, paranoia, heart failure, convulsions, hallucinations and delusions.

Methadone: 2-4 days. Methadone is a drug used to treat chronic pain. Although methadone is commonly used to treat addiction to heroin and other opiates, methadone can lead to dependence and painful physical withdrawal symptoms.

Methaqualone: Up to 10 days. Methaqualone is a sedative, hypnotic drug. Abuse of this drug can result in delirium, convulsions, vomiting, coma and possible heart and lung problems, which can lead to death.

Opiates (Morphine & Heroin): 2-3 days. Opiates, derived from the opium poppy are used as painkillers. Abuse of this drug results in higher risk for infection such as HIV/AIDS, as well as psychological and physical dependence and severe withdrawal symptoms.

Phencyclidine (PCP): 3-8 days. PCP is a hallucinogen, which was commonly used as an anesthetic. Use and abuse of this drug may result in delusions, hallucinations, and other symptoms that are similar to those of schizophrenia. Long-term use causes flashbacks, memory loss, and psychological and physical dependence.

Propoxyphene: 3-7 days. This drug is commonly used as a painkiller. Abuse of propoxyphene can result in physical and psychological dependency as well as other uncomfortable physical symptoms.

Tricyclic Antidepressant (TCA): up to 10 days. These drugs are often used to treat depression, however abuse of these drugs causes liver damage and heart problems.


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