Amphetamine Substance Abuse Overview

What is an Amphetamine?

An amphetamine is a stimulant that controls the central nervous system. This drug controls the nervous system by increasing chemicals in the body to help with attention and focus. It also suppresses appetite by increasing the heart rate and blood pressure.

This stimulant is used to treat patients suffering from narcolepsy and attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity (ADHD). Some popular forms of amphetamines are Adderall, Ritalin,Vyvanse, Methamphetamine, or Dextroamphetamine.

Amphetamine Addiction

Amphetamine is a habit forming drug and needs to be taken exactly as prescribed. Those who take this drug or by-products can become both physically and psychologically dependent. Once dependent they also experience withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and insomnia.

How is it abused?

Normally it is orally ingested but those abusing this drug often chew the tablets allowing the content of the drug to be released faster in the body.

Street Names

  • Lightening
  • Amped
  • Bennies
  • Speed
  • Blue or Black Mollies

Side effects:

  • Exaggerated hunger
  • Restlessness or tremors
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Headache or dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Psychosis

According to In the Know: An estimated 13 million Americans use amphetamines without medical supervision.