Drug of Abuse

Drug of Abuse Quiz Crafted by -

Ankesh Ahirwar


Department of Forensic Science,

Government Holkar Science College, Indore,

Madhya Pradesh, India.

Here is the List of Questions with Answers along with explanation

Que 1. The term ‘Narcotikos’ comes from-

A) Greek

B) Hebrew

C) Latin

D) Lithuanian

Answer: A) Greek

Explanation: The term ‘Narcotikos’ comes from a Greek root word, which means “benumbing” or “causing sleep” or “to make stiff or numb”.


Que 2. The UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was organized in-





Answer: B) 1961

ExplanationThe United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was organized in 1961 at United Nations Headquarters on 25th March. It is an International treaty to prohibit production, possession, use, trade, distribution, import and export, and supply of specific prohibited drugs (and other drugs with similar effects.


Que 3. Under which section of NDPS, 1985 consumption of drug is an offence?

A)Section 12

B)Section 15

C)Section 25

D)Section 27

Answer: D) Section 27

ExplanationSection 27 NDPS (1985) defines:

Punishment for consumption of any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance:

Whoever, consumes any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance shall be punishable-

(a) where the narcotic drug or psychotropic substance consumed is cocaine, morphine, diacetyl-morphine or any other narcotic drug or any psychotropic substance as may be specified in this behalf by the Central Government by notification in the Official Gazette, with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine which may extend to twenty thousand rupees; or with both; and

(b) where the narcotic drug or psychotropic substance consumed is other than those specified in or under clause(a), with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees or with both.


Que 4. Golden triangle is the area where borders of ________meet.

A)Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran

B)Mexico, Laos, Thailand

C)Thailand, Laos, Myanmar

D)Laos, Mexico, Afghanistan

Answer: C) Thailand, Laos, Myanmar

ExplanationThe name ‘Golden Triangle’ coined by the Central Intelligence Agency (A foreign intelligence service of US), more broadly refers to an area of approx. 950,000 kms that overlaps the mountains of the three adjacent countries, i.e. Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Along with the Afghanistan in the Golden Crescent, it has been one of the largest opium-producing areas of the world.


Que 5. Head quarter of Central Bureau of Narcotics, India is located in-

A)New Delhi




Answer: C) Gwalior

ExplanationCentral Bureau of Narcotics is formed in 1950. Initially the headquarter of CNB located in Shimla and was shifted to Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh in 1960. The main function of CNB is to stop illegal opium production, supervision over licit cultivation of opium poppy (in three opium poppy producer states- Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan) and other preventive & enforcement functions.


Que 6. Which country is the largest manufacturer of legal opium for the pharmaceutical industry?





Answer: B) India

Explanation: According to CIA World Factbook, India is the largest manufacturer of legal opium (Papaver Somniferum) for medicinal and pharmaceutical purposes. This is carried out under free licensing conditions.


Que 7. The flowering tops of cannabis are called-





Answer: B) Ganja

ExplanationFlowering tops- Ganja

Concentrated cannabis resin- Charas

Dried leaves, mildest form of cannabis- Bhang

Compressed and processed trichomes of cannabis- Hasish


Que 8. Full form of GHB-

A)Gamma- Hydroxybutyric Acid

B)Gamma- Hydroxybromic Acid

C)Gamma- Hydroxybenzoic Acid

D)Gamma- Hydroxybarbituric Acid

Answer: A) Gamma- Hydroxybutyric Acid

Explanation: GHB (C4H8O3) is a Central Nervous System depressant that is commonly referred to as a ‘club drug’ or ‘date rape drug’. It can be found in liquid form or as a white powdered material. It as abused by teens and young adults at clubs, bars, parties or raves (all night dance parties), and is often placed in alcoholic beverages.


Que 9. Common street names for fentanyl -

A)Jackpot, Dance fever

B)China town, Goodfellas

C)A and B both

D)None of above

Answer: C) A and B both

ExplanationFentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. Some of its common street names are- Jackpot, Dance fever, China town, Goodfellas, China white, China Girl, Murder 8, Apache, Tango & cash, Friend, etc.


Que 10. Marijuana is produced by-

A)Papaver somniferum

B)Cannabis sativa

C)Erythroxylum coca


Answer: B) Cannabis Sativa

ExplanationMarijuana, also called pot, weed, ganja, Mary jane, and a host of other nicknames, is made from the Cannabis plant. It is a greenish-grey mixture of dries flowers of Cannabis Sativa.


Que 11. Depressants are used to-

A)Induce sleep and Muscle spasm

B)Relieve anxiety and Prevent seizures

C)A and B both

D)Only B

Answer: C) A and B both

ExplanationDepressants can be used for a medicinal purpose and sometimes called A-minus, Downers, Goofballs, Barbs, Red birds, Candy, Yellow jackets, Zombie pills, Sleeping pills, etc. They reduce arousal and stimulation and affect the CNS, slowing down the messages between the brain and the body. Some examples are- barbiturates, cannabis, opioids, alcohol, benzodiazepines.


Que 12. Psilocybin is a chemical obtained from certain types of-





Answer: A) Mushrooms

ExplanationPsilocybin or Magic mushroom (4-phosphoryloxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine) and psilocin are chemical compounds obtained from certain types of dried or fresh hallucinogenic mushrooms found in Mexico, South America and the southern and northwest regions of the United States.


Que 13. LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) is one of the well-known-





Answer: B) Hallucinogen

ExplanationLSD, also known as colloquially acid, is a hallucinogenic drug. It is a synthetic chemical made from a substance found in ergot, which is a fungus that infects rye (grain).In its pure state, LSD is a white odorless crystalline substance. It belongs to a group of drugs known a psychedelics. When small doses are taken, it can produce mild changes in perception, mood and thought. When larger doses are taken, it may produce visual hallucinations and distortions of space and time.


Que 14. German scientists synthesized methadone during World war II because of a shortage of-





Answer: A) Morphine

ExplanationMethadone or Dolophine or C21H27NO is a synthetic opioid with analgesic activity. It was first synthesized in Germany at the laboratories of IG Farben, a large pharmaceutical company. It is thought that this effort was part of Hitler's attempt to be independent from the influence of other countries. From its synthesis in 1939, commercial manufacture began and grew.


Que 15. Which one is not a common date rape drug?

A)GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid)



D)Salvia Divinorum

Answer: D) Salvia Divinorum

ExplanationGHB, Rohypnol and Ketamine are the most common date rape drugs. Salvia Divinorum is a rare member of a mint family. In most of the countries it is illegal. However, in recent years both Salvia divinorum and its active principle salvinorin A have become controlled under drugs legislation in Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Sweden, in Australia and Japan as well as in a number of states of the US.

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