Amphetamine is a stimulant found in a number of prescription medications. Certain drugs for treating ADHD like Adderall, ProCentra and Vyvanase contain amphetamine or metabolize into it, as do certain diet drugs like Didrex. The most well known street amphetamine is methamphetamine, also known as meth, speed, ice, crank and crystal, among other names.
Ways to Consume Amphetamine
Because of the wide range of substances containing amphetamine and the number of ways it can be consumed, people may use a variety of paraphernalia. Possible methods of amphetamine abuse and associated paraphernalia include the following options:
- Many ADHD drugs like Adderall are taken orally, so there may be no paraphernalia involved for those who simply swallow the pills. However, some users crush the pills and wrap the bits in a small piece of tissue paper before they swallow it. This is known as parachuting. Crushing may be done with various implements, including a knife, credit card or mortar and pestle. Sometimes users dissolve baking soda in water and drink it before they take a pill containing amphetamine.
- Snorting a drug involves inhaling the powder through the nose. This is done more often with instant the release form of the drug than the extended release formulations because of the effort involved to crush the extended release beads. Drugs that come in tablet form must first be crushed, but after that people may use a straw, rolled dollar bill or glass tube to snort the powder.
- Many people smoke methamphetamine in a glass pipe or tube. Sometimes the pipes or tubes are carried in a container that looks something like a hinged eyeglass case.
- Hot rolling is the process of liquefying methamphetamine in an eyedropper before inhaling it. Hot railing is similar and involves heating it and inhaling it through the nose using a plastic tube.
There is a wide range of paraphernalia associated with injecting or shooting a drug like amphetamine. This includes syringes, needles, spoons, filters, alcohol or wet wipes and something to use as a tourniquet. If you recognize any of these items or behaviors in a loved one, amphetamine abuse may be the cause.
Treatment for Amphetamine Abuse
If you need help dealing with an amphetamine addiction or you have a loved one who needs help, give us a call. Our toll-free helpline is available 24 hours a day, so there is always a counselor ready to take your call and answer your questions. We can check your insurance coverage if you wish at no cost or obligation, and we can help you find a treatment option that is right for you. Amphetamine addiction can be serious, but treatment is available to get you back on your feet.