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Stimulants

WHAT ARE STIMULANTS? 

Stimulants speed up the body’s systems. This class of drugs includes: 

Prescription drugs such as amphetamines [Adder - all and dexedrine], methylphenidate [Concerta and Ritalin], diet aids [such as didrex, Bontril, Preludin, Fastin, Adipex P, ionomin, and Meridia] and illicitly produced drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and methcathinone . 

WHAT IS THEIR ORIGIN? 

Stimulants are diverted from legitimate channels and clandestinely manufactured exclusively for the illicit market. 

June 5, 2020

Stimulants - Drug Fact Sheet

DEA's revised and updated drug fact sheet about the class of drugs known as stimulants - what are they, what is their origin and history, what are the common street names for these drugs, what do they look like, how they are abused, what their effect is on the minds and bodies of users including signs of overdose, and their legal status. 

Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine

Stimulant that speeds up body’s system that comes as pill or powder. Available in prescription as Desoxyn® to treat obesity and ADHD. Crystal meth resembles glass fragments and is...

Drug Type: Stimulants
 
Khat

Khat

Stimulant drug made from the leaves and twigs, evergreen shrub. Active ingredients are cathine and cathinone.

Drug Type: Stimulants
 
Cocaine

Cocaine

White, crystalline powder derived from coca leaves. Cocaine base (crack) looks like small, irregularly shaped white rocks.

Drug Type: Stimulants
 
Amphetamines

Amphetamines

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®...

Drug Type: Stimulants
 
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