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24. Other Stimulants

Stimulants can cause increased heart and respiratory rates, elevated blood pressure, dilated pupils, and decreased appetite. In addition, users may experience sweating, headache, blurred vision, dizziness, sleeplessness, and anxiety. Extremely high doses can cause a rapid or irregular heartbeat, tremors, loss of coordination, and even physical collapse. An amphetamine injection creates a sudden increase in blood pressure that can result in stroke, very high fever, or heart failure.

In addition to the physical effects, users report feeling restless, anxious, and moody. Higher doses intensify the effects. Persons who use large amounts of amphetamines over a long period of time can develop an amphetamine psychosis that includes hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia. These symptoms usually disappear when drug use ceases.

Type
What is it called?
What does it look like?
How is it used?
Amphetamines Speed, Uppers, Ups, Black beauties, Pep pills, Copilots, Bumblebees, Hearts, Benzedrine, Dexedrine, Footballs, and Biphetamine Capsules, pills, tablets Taken orally, injected, inhaled
Methamphetamines Crack, Crystal meth, Crystal Methedrine, and Speed White powder, pills, rock that resembles a block of paraffin Taken orally, injected, inhaled
Additional Stimulants Ritalin, Cylert, Preludin, Didrex, Pre-State, Voranil, Sandrex, and Plegine Pills or capsules Taken orally, injected

 

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