Stimulants

Eduardo Urquizo, Colton Terven, Jacob Whitwood

Stimulant History

Amphetamines were first synthesized in 1887, but weren't used until the 1930s, when doctors prescribed them to treat nasal congestion. Eventually they were used to treat other conditions, including obesity, depression, and hyperactivity. It wasn't long before people discovered that the side effects—among them, excitement and alertness—could be pleasurable. That's when amphetamines began to be abused

Short term effect

The short-term effects of stimulants include exhaustion, apathy and depression—the “down” that follows the “up.” It is this immediate and lasting exhaustion that quickly leads the stimulant user to want the drug again. Soon he is not trying to get high, he is only trying to get “well to feel any energy at all.

Long term effect

Stimulants can be addictive. Repeated high doses of some stimulants over a short period can lead to feelings of hostility or paranoia. Such doses may also result in dangerously high body temperatures and an irregular heartbeat

Types of stimulants

  1. There are several types of stimulants, including caffeine, nicotine,, amphetamines, and methamphetamines.