What are amphetamines?

Amphetamines are a class of drugs that stimulates the central nervous system and produces increased wakefulness and focus in the user.

First synthesized in 1887, amphetamines have a chemical structure closely resembling adrenaline and noradrenaline, stimulants produced by the human body. Its euphoric effects have made the drug popular among people who wish to stay awake for long periods of time, reduce tiredness, improve performance in sport, increase endurance or just to plain boost confidence.

Amphetamines Basics

Amphetamines is the name given to a group of synthetic stimulants which are chemically similar to adrenaline, the hormone used for 'fight or flight' emergencies. This class of drug works on the body's central nervous system and increases its activity. There are three main types: amphetamine sulphate, more commonly known as "Speed"(also known by its trade name, Benzedrine); dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine or "Dexy's Midnight Runners"); and methamphetamine (Methedrine or "Meth"), the most potent of the three.


Amphetamines Effects

The amphetamine effect is like an adrenaline rush, only longer and with a noticeable crash. This drug works in a similar way to cocaine, in that it makes the user feel energetic. Another way to think about the effects of amphetamines is to remember that they act in a similar way to adrenaline, a hormone produced naturally in the body. Using uppers decreases appetite and the user doesn't feel tired. Swallowed, an amphetamine pill will come on within 15 to 30 minutes. Snorted, the effects are much quicker (5 to 10 minutes). Injection is almost instantaneous and can be overwhelming.


Amphetamines Dangers

Amphetamines are relatively common. This medication is available by prescription for children and teens who have ADD or ADHD. It can be obtained from someone who has a prescription, or bought illegally. Adderall, a type of upper, is readily available on college campuses to students who are looking for a way to stay up for long periods of time to study or complete coursework.


Amphetamines Addiction

Addiction to amphetamines is on the rise, partly due to an increased awareness of attention deficit difficulties in children. The kinds of medications prescribed to help hyperactive children calm down and focus produce a buzz or a rush in people who don't have these kinds of health issues. With regular use, a person taking one of these "uppers" can become addicted.


Amphetamines Mixing

The greatest danger from mixing other drugs with amphetamines is additional strain on the heart and increased blood pressure. Be careful. Please note that there have been very few scientific studies into the effects of combining psychoactive drugs. The information presented here is anecdotal. It is based on the subjective reports of experienced users. Different people will respond differently to different drugs and drug combination. Know your body. alcohol Allows extended binge drinking. Increases likelihood of aggressive / irresponsible behavior. Not good for liver and kidneys. Terrible hangover.


Amphetamines FAQ

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Amphetamines Legality

Amphetamines and UK Law Under the UK law, amphetamines are controlled substances. The relevant statutes are the Medicines Act and the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Therefore, doctors can prescribe them to patients legally, but any other unauthorized production, supply or possession is a criminal offense.


Amphetamines Drug Tests

A person may be asked to take a drug test after receiving an employment offer and before starting work. Drug tests may also be ordered by the court when parents are locked in a custody battle. In a case where there have been allegations of drug use, many judges will order a drug test as a matter of course. Other situations where drug tests may be conducted include: