Teen Amphetamine Substance Abuse Overview

What is an Amphetamine?

An amphetamine is a stimulant that controls the central nervous system and also suppresses appetite. It controls the nervous system by increasing chemicals in the body to help with attention and focusing. This drug also increases the heart rate and blood pressure which decreases one’s appetite.

This stimulant is used to treat patients suffering from narcolepsy and attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity (ADHD). There are many forms of amphetamines such as Adderall, Ritalin,Vyvanse, Methamphetamine, or Dextroamphetamine.

Teen Amphetamine Addiction

Amphetamine is a habit forming drug and needs to be taken exactly as prescribed. Those who take this drug or its derivatives can become physically and psychologically dependent. Once dependent they also experience withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and insomnia.

How is it taken?

Normally this drug is orally ingested but those abusing this drug often chew the tablets allowing the content of the drug to be released faster in the body.

Street Names

  • Lightening
  • Amped
  • Bennies
  • Speed
  • Blue or Black Mollies

Side effects:

  • Restlessness or tremors
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Headache or dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Psychosis

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse: 7.7% of 12th graders today are abusing Amphetamines.