Amphetamines
Amphetamines

Amphetamines

What is it?

Prescription stimulants used to treat Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Used as a study aid, to stay awake, and to suppress appetites. Prescribed as Adderall®, Concerta®, Dexedrine®, Focalin®, Metadate®, Methylin®, Ritalin®.

Street Names

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

How is it used?

  • 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
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