What is it?
Amphetamine is a stimulant that affects the central nervous system related to hyperactivity and impulse control. Amphetamines were originally synthesized in the late 1800s with their stimulant properties being discovered in the 1930s when it was used to treat nasal congestion.
What does it look like?
The look of amphetamines can vary. They can be found in power, tablet, or capsule form. They can also range in color from white to a brownish pink or grey.
What are some other names for amphetamines?
Commonly known legally prescribed names for amphetamines are Adderall, Dexedrine, and Vyvanse. Popular nicknames for amphetamines include but are not limited to: bennies, black beauties, crank, greenies, ice, pixies, speed, uppers, and zoomers.
How is it used?
Amphetamines can be taken orally, inhaled through the nose, dabbed onto the gums, smoked, or injected.
What are the effects of the drug?
Signs of misuse:
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Decreased appetite and weight loss
- Digestive upset
- Mood swings
- Paranoia and anxiety
- Loss of interest in previous activities
Effects on the brain:
- Joy or euphoria
- Increased self-confidence
- More sociable
- Increased energy
- How fast you feel the effects of amphetamines depends on how they are used:
- Appetite decrease and weight loss
- Heart problems such as fast heart rate, irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, and heart attack
- High body temperature
- Memory loss problems
- Depression, and suicide
- Ongoing hallucinations
- Restlessness and tremors
- Skin sores
- Sleep problems
- Tooth decay
What is its federal classification?
Amphetamines are a Schedule III drug. This means that there is high potential for abuse and its use potentially leads to severe psychological or physical dependence.