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Amphetamine are also referred to as the following terms: speed, uppers, ups, hearts, black beauties, pep pills, copilots, bumble bees, benzedrine, dexedrine, footballs, and biphetamine.


  • Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Paranoia/psychosis
  • Depression
  • Aggression
  • Convulsions
  • Dilated pupils and blurred vision
  • Sleeplessness
  • Loss of appetite; malnutrition
  • Increased body temperature
  • Increased risk of exposure to HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases if injected

In pure form, amphetamines are yellowish crystals that are manufactured in tablet or capsule form. Abusers may also sniff the powdered crystals or make a solution and inject it. “Ice” is a common name for a newer, smokable form of methamphetamine. “Ice” resembles chunks of salt or rock candy.

Strong Physical Effects…

Amphetamines Affect Mood and Personality…
Users report feeling restless, anxious, and moody. Higher doses may make the user excited and talkative, providing a false sense of self-confidence and power. Large amounts of amphetamines over a long period of time also can result in an amphetamine psychosis: experiencing hallucinations, having irrational thoughts or beliefs, and feeling suspicious and paranoid. The paranoia sometimes results in extreme mood swings and violent outbursts.

Long-term Use Leads to Health Problems…

Drug Addiction to Amphetamines is Possible…
Many users of amphetamines feel that the drug is necessary to their day to day lives. They may continue to take larger and larger doses to maintain the same effects. Users who stop taking amphematmines experience withdrawal symptoms, such as, shakes, sweating, vomiting and diarrhea, hallucinations, and much more. Someone can overcome these withdrawal symptoms in drug rehab.

Prevention Tips…
Stay informed about the effects and addictiveness of amphetamines, especially the new, potent forms that may rival crack cocaine in attractiveness to users. Share your knowledge about amphetamines with others in the community to alert people – particularly young people – of its dangers. Comprehensive, community-based efforts are the most effective ways to address amphetamine and other drug problems. Drug rehab programs offer ways for people to get off of amphetamines, and prevent future use.

Street Names for Drugs in the Amphetamine Family…

  • ice
  • crank
  • uppers
  • go
  • fast
  • hearts
  • meth
  • peaches
  • black beauties
  • white crosses
  • cartwheels
  • wake-ups
  • dexies
  • bennies
  • crystal
  • co-pilots
  • truck drivers
  • pep pills
  • glass
  • batu
  • speed
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