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Amphetamine is a synthetic drug originally developed (and still used) as a diet suppressant. Today it is officially admitted for treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and narcolepsy.

It is also used recreationally and for performance enhancement. These uses are illegal in most countries. WARNING: Some people may enjoy the use of this drug, but caveat, methamphetamine and amphetamine can cause irreversible damage and dependence.

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Positive Effects

Increased alertness, decreased hunger, euphoria. With people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder it has a calming effect and helps to concentrate.

Neutral Effects

Rapid talking, weightloss, hallucinations

Negative Effects

Changed sleep patterns, involuntary bodily movements, hyperactivity, nausea, itchy or blotchy skin, delusions of power, aggressiveness, irritability, and others

Longterm Effects

Lowered immune system effectiveness, heart problems, irreversible psychological damage, stroke, damage to liver, kidney and lung disorders, death

Recreational use

Street names include speed, whiz, billy, crank, yaba, glass, meth, and crystal.

General Info

Amphetamine and Methamphetamine are synthetic substances used to treat eating disorders and ADD. It is a commonly abused drug, usually bought on the street very impure or mixed with other drugs. On the street it is usually found in one of three forms, pills, capsules, and crystals. It can be snorted, taken orally, or smoked (most common method).

When taken orally, the effects become apparent after about half an hour. When snorted or smoked the effects are usually instantaneous or near.

Performace Enhancing Use

Amphetamine is usually not used by athletes whose sport involves extreme cardiovascular workout, as methamphetamine and amphetamine put a great deal of stress on the heart.

The United States Air Force uses amphetamines (Adderall) as stimulants for pilots, calling them "go pills".

The Law

Amphetamine and Methamphetamine are Schedule II control drugs, classified as a CNS (Central Nervous System) Stimulant, in the United States. A Schedule II drug is classified as one that: has a high potential for abuse, has a currently accepted medical use and is used under severe restrictions, and has a high possibility of severe psychological and physiological disorders.

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