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

Steps to Dispose of Your Medication

Two-thirds of teens and young adults who report abuse of prescription medicine are getting it from friends, family and acquaintances. Make sure the young people in your life don’t have access to any medications in your home. Follow these three steps to monitor, secure and properly dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medicine in your home.

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