Amphetamines are stimulants that speed up the communication between the brain and the rest of the body. As a result, the body begins to work in overdrive. While taking amphetamines a user will feel an increase in energy and alertness. He will have improved concentration, elevated self-confidence and the ability to stay awake for long periods of time.
Amphetamines are legally prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy, but they also have a dominant presence on the black market. Recreational amphetamine abuse is extremely common, especially among high school and college students.
When prescribed by a doctor, amphetamines can be controlled, but recreational use is illegal and considered drug abuse. These drugs possess a high abuse potential and can cause tolerance, dependence, addiction and withdrawal symptoms. Even prescribed amphetamine use should be closely monitored by a doctor. Long-term use (prescribed or illicit) can result in dependence, addiction and a long list of health complications.
The Risks of Recreational Amphetamine Use
Amphetamines are so frequently abused because of their stimulating effects, but many users don’t understand why recreational or even occasional use is so dangerous. Illicit amphetamines can contain unknown substances, so users have no knowledge of a drug’s contents. This means that the side effects can be quite harmful, even life-threatening, so there is no safe level of amphetamine use.
Recreational use of amphetamines often involves overdose. People will take large amounts to achieve the intended effects or even mix the drugs with other substances that create dangerous drug interactions and overdose. Lastly, even people who lack control over amphetamine use can easily fall into addiction. Daily, heavy drug abuse or recreation abuse may lead to drug problems quicker, but people using small amounts on occasion will still come across the same problems. The effects of amphetamines are pleasing no matter why people take the drug. A tolerance for the drug can build quickly, causing even occasional users to increase their dose to feel relief. When this behavior sets in, any person can be caught off guard to how quickly the brain and body become addicted.
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