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Amphetamines are very addictive stimulants. They speed up functions in the brain and body. They come in pills or tablets. Prescription diet pills also fall into this category of drugs.
No matter how a person takes amphetamines, these drugs hit with a fast high, making the user feel powerful, alert, and energized.
These “uppers” pump up heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure, and can also cause sweating, shaking, headaches, sleeplessness, and blurred vision.
Long or lasting use may cause hallucinations and intense paranoia.
Even after users stop taking amphetamines, they may still have problems such as aggression, anxiety, and strong cravings for the drugs.
Drugs are chemicals that change the way a person’s body works. Some drugs help you feel better, but drugs also can harm you. Learn more in this article for kids.
There are many downsides to experimenting with prescription drugs. Find out more in this article for teens.
Find out what you can do if you think you or a friend has a drug or alcohol addiction – from recognizing the warning signs to suggestions to help you stay clean.
It’s not hard to find drugs, and sometimes it may seem like everyone’s doing them or wanting you to do them. But there are downsides (and dangers)Â to taking drugs.
Knowing what drugs are out there, what they can do, and how they can affect someone is the first step in raising drug-free kids.
Heroin is a highly addictive, illegal narcotic that can cause death when taken in excess.
Just as you inoculate your kids against illnesses like measles, you can help “immunize” them against drug use by giving them the facts now.
Inhalants like glue are sniffed or huffed to give the user a high. Just doing it one time can be fatal.
Ketamine hydrochloride is a quick-acting anesthetic that can cause intoxication, hallucinations, and even death when taken in dangerously high doses.
LSD is a dangerous hallucinogenic drug that affects mood, judgment, and behavior.
Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in the United States.
Ecstasy is a dangerous illegal drug that can cause hallucinations and even death.
GHB, gamma hydroxybutyrate, is a popular club and date rape drug that can be deadly.
Methamphetamines are dangerous stimulants that speed up a person’s heart rate and bodily functions. When used in large doses, meth can kill.
Rohypnol is an antianxiety medication. Because it can cause extreme drowsiness (or “blackouts”), the drug is often used in date rapes.
Chugging cough medicine for an instant high is a dangerous, potentially deadly practice.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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