Drug Categories: Stimulants

According to the dea.gov, "Many stimulants have legitimate medical use and are scheduled by the DEA. Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants that are not controlled. Stimulant medicines are used to treat obesity, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders (ADHD/ADD), and narcolepsy. Pseudoephedrine, found in allergy and cold medications to relieve sinus congestion and pressure, is also a stimulant chemical. Cocaine and methamphetamine have a currently accepted medical use in treatment. Crack cocaine and khat have no legitimate medical uses."

Uses for Stimulants | Substance Abuse Treatment Centers in Charlotte NC

Available Forms

  • Powder
  • Rocks
  • Crystal
  • Pills
  • Smokable
  • Injectable forms

Signs and Symptoms of Stimulant Use

  • Alertness
  • Excitation
  • Euphoria
  • Increase in blood pressure and pulse rates
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite

Also according to dea.gov, "Abuse is often associated with a pattern of binge use–sporadically consuming large doses of stimulants over a short period of time. Heavy users may inject themselves every few hours, continuing until they have depleted their drug supply or reached a point of delirium, psychosis, and physical exhaustion. During this period of heavy use, all other interests become secondary to recreating the initial euphoric rush. Because accidental death is partially due to the effects of stimulants on the body’s cardiovascular and temperature-regulating systems, physical exertion increases the hazards of stimulant use."

Side Effects of Overdosing on Stimulants

  • Agitation
  • Increased body temperature
  • Hallucinations
  • Convulsions
  • Possible death

Different Types of Stimulants

  • Adderall
  • Dexedrine
  • Desoxyn
  • Methylphenidate
  • Dexmethylphenidate
  • Concerta
  • Ritalin
  • Focalin
  • Focalin xr
  • Phentermine
  • Adipex
  • Ionamin
  • Didrex
  • Prelu-2

Street Names

  • Ice
  • Pellets
  • R-Ball
  • Skippy
  • Vitamin R
  • Illys
  • Crank
  • Speed
  • Bennies
  • Black Beauties
  • Uppers

Stimulants might seem harmless when used in the right way. It's possible your doctor has prescribed the drugs for you. The problem begins when they are used in the wrong way. Whether it's teens, young adults or adults that use them recreationally, addiction is almost always an issue. Chemical dependencies aren't always formed with the drug, but an addiction to the high can be. In honor of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, take time to talk with your loved ones about stimulant use and how it can affect their body and cause addiction.

For more information about the different drug categories and more, visit with other blogs in this series, below:

Drug Categories: An Introduction

Drug Categories: Narcotics

Drug Categories: Stimulants

Drug Categories: Depressants and Hallucinogens

Drug Categories: Anabolic Steroids

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