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Amphetamine (Speed)

SpeedSCIENTIFIC TERM:

Benzedrine, Dexedrine, Methedrine.

STREET NAMES:

Phet, Meth, Base, Glass, Uppers, Whizz, Billy, Sulph.

EFFECTS:

Amphetamine is a Stimulant. It quickens the heartbeat and breathing rate.  The user becomes a lot more lively, confident and outgoing. They may become more talkative, and experience tension in the jaw; greater responsiveness to the outside world.  Appetite may completely disappear, but in no way does it fulfil the body's nourishment needs.

DRUG FORM & METHOD OF USE:

Amphetamine are stimulant type drugs.  They come in the form of tablets or an off white/gray powder. Amphetamine are commonly sold as a wrap. A wrap is usually squares of glossy paper or self sealed plastic bags.   Amphetamine can be snorted, smoked, swallowed, injected or mixed into a drink. Snorting Amphetamines can damage your nose and injecting them is extremely dangerous.

HEALTH RISKS (long term) which includes withdrawal & tolerance:

Some users become tense and anxious while on Amphetamine.  The comedown can last for a couple of days, leaving users feeling tired, depressed and irritable.  In the short term, memory and concentration are affected. Tolerance for Amphetamine can build quickly, so bigger doses are required for the same sort of hit;   Long-term users may become dependent on the buzz Speed gives them;   Heavy abuse over long periods can also place a serious strain on the heart and has been linked to mental illnesses such as psychosis.  Heavy use can put a strain on your immune system, so you may be more susceptible to colds and flu.  Amphetamine users have died from overdose.

LAW:

Amphetamine are Class B drugs, but carry Class A penalties if prepared for injection. Crystal Meth is a Class A drug.

  1. Amphetamine was used extensively during World War II to fight fatigue and increase alertness in soldiers.
  2. Amphetamine could cause allergic reaction, hallucinations, confusion, or abnormal behaviour and high blood pressure.
  3. Amphetamine was first introduced in the 1880s as nasal decongestants and weight suppressants and to help people stay awake.
  4. Amphetamine, like adrenaline, affect not only the brain but also the heart, lungs, and many other organs. Short-term effects appear soon after a single dose and disappear within a few hours or days.
  5. Heavy users of Amphetamine may be prone to sudden, violent, and irrational acts.
  6. Amphetamine can produce severe systemic effects, including cardiac irregularities and gastric disturbances.
  7. Amphetamine have also been shown to pass through into breast milk. Because of this, mothers taking medications containing
  8. The long-term effects of Amphetamine remain unknown.
  9. Withdrawal from chronic use of Amphetamine can include anxiety, depression, agitation, fatigue, excessive sleeping, increased appetite, psychosis and suicidal thoughts.
  10. Many songs have been written about Amphetamine, along with films either visually and aesthetically influenced by their perceived effects or portraying them in their plotlines.
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