Amphetamines are stimulants which cause the person to feel a sudden burst of energy; the most common type of amphetamine is speed. Amphetamines are commonly taken by people that go to raves or all night parties as it makes them feel invincible and they are therefore to stay up all night. Amphetamines usually come in powder form and are usually snorted or rubbed directly onto the gums; speed can also be injected (this form is classified as a class A drug). Crystal meth is another popular type of amphetamine.

Effects of amphetamines

Amphetamines can affect the heart because they place pressure on it; prolonged use can result in high blood pressure and heart palpitations. Amphetamines can also be highly addictive as people get hooked on the buzz they get from taking drugs. The come down from stimulants can be particularly nasty and can cause people to feel drowsy, confused and miserable; regular use can contribute to mental health conditions such as depression and paranoia. Long term use can also compromise the immune system, which will make the person more susceptible to illness. Injecting speed carries risks of infection and illnesses such as Hepatitis and HIV.

Guide to Drug Abuse

Drug Abuse Intro




Drug addiction the implications





Long term effects of drug abuse

Short term effects of drug use


Spotting the signs of drug abuse

Support for people with drug dependencies