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

By Lianne Warburton

Amphetamines, together with crystal meth, are the various strong and addictive medicines to be had. Their illicit use has devastated groups far and wide North the USA. This identify explores the technological know-how and heritage at the back of familiar stimulants, and offers information regarding habit and remedies.

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4 Legal Speed: Ritalin M ethylphenidate is an amphetamine-like stimulant. It is a powerful drug that can be habit forming if it is abused. Methylphenidate is available by prescription. It comes in different forms and strengths. Ritalin was the first methylphenidate product, and it remains popular today for treating ADHD. Originally, Ritalin came as an immediate-release form. This form works quickly, and its effects last only a short time. Now, other forms of Ritalin exist that work for longer periods of time.

This happens if they stop taking the drug abruptly instead of decreasing their dose slowly. Illegal use of amphetamines and methylphenidate causes a terrible and powerful withdrawal syndrome. The syndrome is even worse if the drugs have been smoked or injected. When people try to stop using these drugs, they have strong cravings for them. They also may feel depressed and anxious, and might feel like killing themselves. Some people become very tired and lose interest in the things they once enjoyed.

After the ADHD guidelines were developed in 1980, more people began using methylphenidate. By 1990, 3 million people had prescriptions. By the year 2000, this number had jumped to 11 million. The increase in methylphenidate use happened for other reasons besides the ADHD guidelines. Parents and teachers saw methylphenidate as an easy way to control children. The drug helped children to focus their attention and do better in school. Soon, methylphenidate was being given to children who probably did not need it.

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