Amphetamine usage is on the rise. They come in many forms, shapes and sizes. As a parent, it can be especially concerning – amphetamines are being passed around schools, with many of the drugs in circulation coming from pharmaceuticals.
However, many don’t understand why amphetamines are so dangerous – or how they affect the user. Today, Holy Cross Services wants to help give a better understanding of the effects of amphetamines, so you can be more educated on these drugs are affecting our youths.
What Are Amphetamines?
When someone says amphetamine, the first thought that comes across many peoples’ minds is methamphetamine (meth for short). However, that isn’t amphetamines’ only form. In fact, many amphetamines come in the form of common pharmaceutical drugs such as Adderall.
Amphetamines are stimulant drugs meaning it increases the activity of chemicals in the brain. While these drugs can make the user feel good for hours – the comedown associated with it is especially hard on the user.
What Are the Effects of Amphetamines?
By increasing the chemical activity within the brain, amphetamines can give the user a sense of euphoria as well as increase energy and focus levels. This is the ‘feel good’ feeling associated with the drugs. While the timing of the effects vary, these drugs can keep these chemical activities increased for more than 12 hours.
Side effects of the drug include insomnia, anxiety, paranoia, appetite suppression and even auditory and visual hallucinations. Heavy usage can create sores on the skin as users often feel as though bugs are crawling over their skin – causing them to obsessively pick at their skin.
The Dangers of Amphetamines
Amphetamines that are used recreationally can be extremely dangerous. While doctors prescribe drugs such as Adderall, the doses provided are relatively small and not harmful. However, when one uses these drugs to get high, the amounts ingested can reach dangerous levels quickly.
Of course, amphetamines are addictive. Once your body becomes dependent on amphetamines, it can be very difficult to stop. Often times, people will lose their livelihood to the drug including their homes, jobs and even friends and family members.
Amphetamines are an extremely dangerous type of drugs that when used recreationally can lead to addiction and overdose. While methamphetamine is the drug most commonly associated with amphetamines, drugs such as Adderall are widely becoming more available to youths in America. Talk with your child about amphetamine usage today, and if you or someone you know is showing signs of addiction – give us a call.