Information and educational resources about Amphetamines


Amphetamines are sometimes prescribed by doctors for medical problems, but these pills are also abused for their effects on the brain. Amphetamines are stimulants, which is a class of drugs that elevate mood, increase feelings of well-being, and increase energy and alertness.

Stimulants often produce a feeling of euphoria in users. Examples of stimulants include cocaine, crack cocaine, amphetamines, Methamphetamine, methylphenidate (Ritalin®), nicotine, and MDMA (3-4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine, better known as Ecstasy).

Street names for amphetamines include “speed,” “bennies,” “black beauties,” “crosses,” “hearts,” “LA turnaround,” “truck drivers” and “uppers.”

Amphetamines are usually swallowed in pill form. Methamphetamine is swallowed, snorted, injected, or smoked. “Ice,” a smokable form of Methamphetamine, is a large, usually clear crystal of high purity that is smoked, like crack, in a glass pipe.

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Information courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse

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