Amphetamine is a stimulant that affects the central nervous system by increasing certain chemicals in the body. It is known to boost the feeling of adrenaline and makes the heart work faster.Amphetamine is a commonly abused drug in the United States and other parts of the world. The illegal street version of amphetamine is called “speed.” Other street names include: “cat,” “crystal,” “bennies,” “ups,” “jollies,” and “dexies.” Amphetamine is often “cooked up” in a home laboratory into a substance that can be snorted, inhaled, injected, smoked, or swallowed.
Amphetamine causes users to feel more energetic, cheerful, confident, and generally euphoric. It is used illegally at rave parties and also by college and high school students as a study drug. It enhances concentration and energy levels, enabling students to study for longer periods of time. It gives extra energy for four to six hours, prevents sleep, widens the pupils and speeds up breathing and heart rate. It is also abused by professional, collegiate, and high school athletes to enhance their physical and mental performance. It is very dangerous to use amphetamines during strenuous activities, and some athletes have even died as a result.
Risks of Short Term Amphetamine Abuse
While amphetamines do generally cause enhanced alertness and feelings of euphoria, there are downsides to using this drug, especially without a prescription. For one, it is very psychologically addictive. Also, it depletes the body’s energy stores through lack of eating and sleeping, and it increases demands on the system. Amphetamines do not replace the need for food and rest; they simply delay it. Users often feel exhausted and let down when they’re not using the drug and may also feel irritable, anxious, and restless.
When amphetamine is abused in high doses, especially for several days repeatedly, a person may experience the following effects:
- Panic attacks
- Feelings of paranoia
- Other forms of mental and emotional distress
Heavy abuse also weakens the body, reducing its ability to resist disease, which may lead to many other health risks for the user.
Risk of Long Term Amphetamine Abuse
Heavy users of amphetamine are at risk for damaging blood vessels or experiencing heart failure. A person taking high doses for an extended amount of time may develop delusions, hallucinations, and paranoia. This can develop into paranoid psychosis, which may last for several months, or in some cases be permanent.
Other severe complications and risks of amphetamine abuse are as follows:
- Heart attack
- Lung damage
- Fetal abnormalities
- Placental abruption
- Premature births
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