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Amphetamines (am-fet-a-meen) also known as speed or base, were first used to treat asthma and was also given to World War II soldiers to combat tiredness. Today it is used as a medicine to treat conditions like ADHD and chronic fatigue, although it remains a popular recreational drug often being used in clubs and as a performance enhancing drug.
Amphetamines are strong stimulant (upper) drugs which can make you feel energetic and confident. It also increases your heart rate and breathing. People using it can experience an increase in alertness, concentration, motivation and sex drive as well as decreased appetite, restlessness, aggression and paranoia. Negative effects are more likely with higher doses.
It comes in an off-white or pinkish powder and is usually snorted but it can be swallowed in a cigarette paper (bombed) in a pill, diluted in juice or injected into a vein. Injecting is strongly discouraged due to the risk of vein damage or getting blood borne viruses including HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. The purity of amphetamines varies which can make it difficult to judge your dose.
Snorting and injecting often causes effects to come on quicker than swallowing and it can be a more intense experience although effects tend to last longer when the drug is swallowed.
People taking amphetamines can feel a need to redose often which will lead to increased damage and increased risk of dependence.
If you choose to take amphetamines:
-Eat and sleep well before and after taking amphetamines to replace energy and nutrients lost during use
-If snorting, wash your nose out after each session and use vitamin E cream to reduce damage
-Avoid using a note as a snorter and try not to share- a post it or a straw is disposable, reducing the risk of blood borne viruses
-Amphetamines can cause jaw clenching so have chewing gum handy
-If injecting: don't use citric acid (dissolve in sterile water), use the smallest needle possible, only use clean equipment, rotate your sites, wash injecting sites/ hands and never share equipment!
-Try to have a few drug free days a week to allow your body to recover
-Comedowns can be unpleasant so stay with friends
-Avoid mixing with other drugs especially downers (including alcohol and prescription medication) as this can cause more strain on your heart
Class B drug. Penalties for possession are up to five years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. Supply holds penalties of up to 14 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine
If prepared for injection, amphetamine becomes a Class A. Penalties for possession are up to seven years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. Supply holds penalties of up to life in prison and/or an unlimited fine