is a truncation of "chemicals" and is typically used as slang for "drugs" in the post-apocalyptic wasteland
. Chems have an effect on a person's abilities such as enhanced cognitive function and perceptions, muscular strength and endurance, desensitization to pain, and many others. However, using a chem too much or too often can lead to addiction
, a powerful hallucinogen, is one of the most abused substances to be introduced to the wasteland, along with Buffout
, a highly advanced steroid; Mentats
, an advanced nootropic; Med-X
, a potent opiate analgesic; and Psycho
, a psychopathy-inducing amphetamine. Chem dealers and addicts can be found basically anywhere in the wasteland, respectively looking for their next buyer and score.