Amphetamines and Methamphetamines Use & Abuse

Amphetamines are the primary ingredient in ADD and ADHD prescription drugs, such as adderall. Methamphetamines, or meth, are illegal derivatives of amphetamine that can be swallowed, smoked or snorted.

Both amphetamines and methamphetamines are stimulants cause an increase of dopamine in the brain, leading to feelings of euphoria, increased concentration and wakefulness. However, methamphetamine is considered more fast-acting, potent and addictive than amphetamine. It can also cause a rapid and irregular heart rate and, the feeling of bugs crawling on the skin and other forms of psychosis, dangerously decreased appetite, and, over time, problems with thinking, emotion and memory.

In teens, adderall or other prescription forms of amphetamine are sometimes abused for help with homework or test preparation.

Signs & Effects of Amphetamine Use

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Increased body temperature
  • Hyperactivity
  • Euphoria
  • Paranoia
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