Amphetamines

WHAT IS IT?

Amphetamines are prescription stimulants used to treat Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Prescribed as Adderall®, Concerta®, Dexedrine®, Focalin®, Metadate®, Methylin®, Ritalin®.

STREET NAMES

Bennies, Black Beauties, Crank, Ice, Speed, Uppers

HOW IT IS TAKEN

Orally or injected. “Ice” or crystallized methamphetamine hydrochloride is smoked.

HOW DOES IT AFFECT THE BODY?

  • Similar to cocaine, but slower onset and longer duration
  • Increased body temperature, blood pressure and pulse rates, insomnia, loss of appetite, physical exhaustion
  • Chronic abuse produces a psychosis that resembles schizophrenia: paranoia, hallucinations, violent and erratic behavior
  • Overdose can be fatal

Reference: https://www.justthinktwice.gov/drugs/amphetamines

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