Amphetamine (Adderall)

Adderall is a combination of 2 stimulant drugs which are amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It is a schedule 2 drug.

History: Amphetamine based type of drugs became popular in the 1950s. In the beginning it was called “Mother’s little helper” because it was first known to help women lose weight and it would help make them a lot more happier. Also the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 that made the drug illegal in U.S. unless they had a prescription for it.

Amphetamine’s street names are speed, ice, rock, paste, or crystal.

Amphetamine can come in either a tablet or powder form (it is sometimes mixed with other substances) and it could be swallowed, snorted, and even smoked. The colors of it ranges from clear in its crystal form to white, pink, yellow, orange, blue, green, or brown.

It is used by inhaling or smoking, swallowing (pills), snorting, or injecting the powder that has been dissolved in water or alcohol. People get a type of “high” from the drug which can cause them to go on a “crash and binge” diet. By using this method people sometimes give up their food and sleep because of how controlling the drug is on their body.

Amphetamine is made in “superlabs” in the United States, there are also secret labs where they use inexpensive over the counter ingredients, or its more often transported in Mexico. The most common ingredient is pseudo ephedrine which is the common cold medicine.

People ranging from 26 or older typically use this drug, but it doesn’t mean anyone younger won’t use it.

Long term effects: extreme weight loss, severe dental problems, intense itching which could lead to skin sores, anxiety, confusion, sleeping problems, violent behavior, paranoia, and hallucinations. Also their brain can be affected with emotions and their memory.

Short term effects: increased wakefulness and physical activity, decreased appetite, faster breathing, rapid and/or irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, and body temperature.

Amphetamine is highly addictive because when people stop taking it, it can have really bad symptoms for example anxiety, fatigue, severe depression, and intense blood cravings.

Statistics: in 2012, there were 133,000 new users of methamphetamine from people ages 12 or older.

In 2011, there was an estimated of 103,000 emergency department visits were because of methamphetamine abuse.

In 2011, methamphetamine was the 4th most mentioned illegal substances in emergency room visits.


Jodie Sweetin is one celebrity that used methamphetamine. She told a story in an interview that in 2004 she was at Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s “New York Minute” premier, where she started to snort meth. It’s now hard for her to look back on that night because of all the meth that she was taking, she said it was like a blur. She looks back on that day from pictures and she notices how different she looked and acted in them. Sweetin decided to stop with all the drugs and alcohol because she was caught drinking and driving with her daughter in the car.

Sources: http://www.redbookmag.com/life/news/a41874/jodie-sweetin-full-house-drug-addiction/

https://www.attn.com/stories/2000/history-amphetamines-united-states

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