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What Are Stimulants?

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Stimulants are a type of drug commonly known as “uppers.” Its identifier speaks for itself; these drugs heighten energy and increase attention. In the short-term, they produce higher levels or dopamine in the brain. When the brain releases dopamine, the “feel-good” chemical, it brings up feelings of pleasure and satisfaction. That is why this type of drug is so dangerous; the feeling can become a craving, and too powerful to overcome on one’s own.

Prescription drugs like Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta are used for treating conditions like ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Often times, they are referred to as “study drugs” and abused by students in high school and college. College students at the age of 18 to 25 are at the most risk for drug abuse. Habits are formed early in life; addictions can develop easily. Whenever dealing with a prescription drug, make sure to follow the doctor’s guidelines and the prescription label exactly. If you have any worrisome behaviors, talk to the primary care doctor as soon as possible.

Illegal drugs are even more dangerous and powerful. Some examples include cocaine, amphetamine, meth, and crack. Most come in the form of crystals or powders. They can be smoked, snorted, and injected intravenously. Highly addictive, illegal “upper” drugs create an initial response of euphoria, but follow with exhaustion or a “down.” The addiction comes in when the euphoria is craved, and needed. Some symptoms of drug use include, excitability, dilated pupils, weight loss, itching, and oral hygiene issues like broken teeth or dry mouth.

Be aware of the dangers of drugs, educate yourself, and recognize the potential of death with any drug abuse. Take care of your body.