Amphetamine

Category: Stimulant
Names: Speed, meth, crank, crystal, black beauties, bennies

Usage: Swallowed, smoked (ice, crystal), injected

Duration: Two to four hours

Description: Capsules, white powder, tablets, liquid

Immediate effects:
Excitement, increases self-confidence, increases wakefulness and mental alertness, palpitations, talkativeness, poor concentration

Delayed effects:
Weight loss, anxiety, insomnia, irritability, hyperactivity, severe depression, rapid mood changes, heart and brain damage

Overdose:
Lack of consciousness, convulsions, rapid pulse, slowed respiration, cold and clammy skin, death

Withdrawal:
Depression, decreased energy, lack of interest in environment

Signs & Symptoms:
Dilated pupils, profuse sweating, rapid respiration, increased heart rate, confusion, talkativeness, inability to concentrate, heightened aggressive behavior, anxiety, fatigue and depression

Did you know?

  • Regular use produces strong psychological dependence and increasing tolerance.
  • High doses may cause toxic psychosis resembling schizophrenia.
  • With increased use, the stimulating effects reverse, and the result is increased fatigue and depression.
  • Use may induce heart attack or stroke.