Prescription Stimulants

Prescription stimulants, including amphetamines such as Adderall and benzedrine, increase the body’s alertness, attention and energy by increasing dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter responsible that affects movement, attention and pleasure. Prescription stimulants are commonly prescribed for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder {ADHD) in children and adults. These stimulants have a calming effect on the user, and they help in maintaining and improving focus in individuals with ADHD who can easily get distracted. When used with a prescription and the allowed dosages, prescription stimulants are relatively safe, but the misuse or use without a doctor’s prescription can easily turn into dependence and addiction of these prescription pills.

Abuse of Prescription Drugs

Prescription stimulants are generally taken as pills, but people who abuse them crush the tablets and snort or inject them for immediate effects. This kind of use can give the user a euphoric feeling, which encourages further intake and eventually turns into complete dependence and addiction. A growing number of students are taking this route to improve their focus while studying. There is a belief among prescription stimulant abusers that it can enhance their cognitive abilities and capacity to retain information, which may help them get higher grades.

Research and statistics gathered so far have negated this belief and concluded that students using prescription stimulants have lower GPAs. Use of stimulants can result in increased blood pressure, faster heart rate, increased body temperature, insomnia and loss of appetite. Long-term abuse can lead to constant paranoia, agitation, high risk of seizures, stroke and heart failure when taken in high doses. Withdrawal symptoms of stimulants include constant anxiety, suicidal thoughts, intense drug cravings and lack of energy. IntoTreatment can be the helping hand during detox and on the path to sobriety.

Prescription Stimulants

Other Names for Prescription Drugs

The following is a list of prescription drug and stimulant slang names:

  • Bennies: A slang word used for benzedrine, which is a commonly prescription stimulant often used for recreation. It contains a racemic mixture of d-amphetamine.
  • Black Beauties: A common street slang that originated in the 60s and 70s and refers to the combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.
  • Crosses: A street slang used for the prescription amphetamine named Dexedrine. The name Crosses refers to the cross shape symbol pressed into the pills.
  • Hearts: A slang term that refers to Dexedrine, which is a central nervous system stimulant. Dexedrine pills are commonly available in a heart shape hence the street slang Hearts.
  • LA Turnaround: Another slang term for amphetamine stimulants coined by truck drivers in the 50s because of its ability to help them stay awake and energetic during long haul coast to coast trips.
  • Speed: Due to its ability to induce a feeling of euphoria, alertness and increased energy, amphetamine stimulants are commonly known by the street slang Speed.
  • Truck Drivers: The drug of choice for many truck drivers in the 50s and 60s made Truck Drivers a popular street slang for amphetamine stimulants.
  • Uppers: Stimulants give a sudden boost in energy, increase alertness and help to stay up, hence the slang term Uppers.
Abuse of Prescription Drugs
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