Amphetamines and Other Stimulants (Junior Drug Awareness) by Lianne Warburton

By Lianne Warburton

Amphetamines, together with crystal meth, are a few of the robust and addictive medications to be had. Their illicit use has devastated groups everywhere North the United States. This name explores the technological know-how and heritage in the back of commonplace stimulants, and offers information regarding dependancy and cures.

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Stimulants Make History RITALIN: A PRESCRIPTION FOR DISASTER Methylphenidate, more commonly known as Ritalin, was first discovered in Europe in the 1940s. It was patented in the United States in 1954, and was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) one year later. At first, Ritalin was supposed to be a substitute for more powerful and addictive stimulants, such as the amphetamines. It was used to treat conditions that included depression, narcolepsy, and fatigue. In the 1960s, the FDA approved methylphenidate to treat memory loss in the elderly and behavior problems in children.

These strong feelings can lead to violent and unpredictable outbursts. For example, in 2006, a man in his early 20s got into a fight with someone who was high on crystal meth. The young man was doused in gasoline and set on fire. Amphetamine abuse can shrink blood vessels. This makes it more difficult for the heart to move blood around the body. Eventually, the heart may stop working properly. Amphetamine use also can cause the heart to beat irregularly. These side effects increase a user’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Methylphenidate is widely available and fairly easy to get. Many adults and young people have legal prescriptions. Some teenagers and college students abuse their own supply, or get methylphenidate from their People use the word “hyperactive” a lot these days, but most young people act this way only occasionally. Young people who have ADHD often appear hyperactive and full of energy all the time. They often find it hard to sit still, and they may not listen when they are told to calm down and focus.

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