Amphetamines

By: Jessica Allegretti

What are they?

A synthetic, addictive, mood altering drug used illegally as a stimulant and legally as a prescription drug to treat children with ADD and adults with narcolepsy.

How are they taken?

You take them through capsules or tablets that you swallow, can also be snorted or injected. You should always take them whole don't crush, chew or open them.

Slang/ Street Names:

  • Amp
  • Beans
  • Bennie
  • Benz
  • Black Beauties
  • Black Birds
  • Black Bombers
  • Blue Boy
  • Brain Ticklers
  • Brownies
  • Browns
  • Bumblebees
  • Cartwheels
  • Chicken Powder
  • Christina
  • Co-pilot
  • Criss Cross
  • Cross Tops
  • Cross Hands
  • Dexies
  • Dominoes
  • Fives
  • Footballs
  • Forwards
  • French Blue
  • Hearts
  • Jelly Baby
  • Jolly Bean
  • Jugs
  • LA
  • Leapers
  • Lid Proppers
  • Lightning
  • Marathons
  • Mini Bennie
  • Nugget
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Pixies
  • Rythm
  • Rippers
  • Road Dope
  • Rosa
  • Snap
  • Sparkle
  • Plenty
  • Sparklers
  • Splash
  • Thrusters
  • TR-6s
  • Truck Drivers
  • Whites
  • Uppies
  • Wake-ups

Short Term Effects of the Drug

  • Exhaustion
  • Apathy
  • Depression
  • The "down" that follows the "up"
  • User feels immediate and lasting exhaustion causing them to want more of the drug quickly
  • Soon the users aren't trying to get "high" but get "well"- to feel any energy at all

Long Term Effects of the Drug

  • Can be addicting
  • Repeated high doses of it over a short period can lead to feelings of hostility or paranoia
  • Dangerously high body temperatures
  • Irregular heart beat

Signs of Abuse

  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Uncontrolable shaking of a part of the body
  • Headache
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss

Dependence/ Addiction

You can become physically and psychologically dependent on this medication, and withdrawal effects may occur if you stop taking it suddenly after several weeks of continuous use.