COMMON STREET NAMES:
Adderall®: Bennies, Black Beauties, Red Dixies, Uppers, Speed, Pep Pills. Ritalin®: Vitamin R, Kiddie Cocaine, Diet Coke, R-Ball, Rids, Skittles, Smarties. Concerta®
Amphetamines stimulants are often prescribed to teens who have been diagnosed with ADHD. The Drug Enforcement Administration classifies stimulants such as Adderall® and Ritalin® as a Schedule II narcotic, the same class of drugs given to Cocaine, morphine and amphetamines.
Amphetamines, including methylphenidate, are the active chemicals in Adderall® and Ritalin®, and can cause nervousness, insomnia, anorexia, increased heart rate and are often abused by teens as a weight loss or “focus” drug.
High doses can lead to blurred vision, tics, chest and stomach pain, convulsions, coma and death.
Mixing stimulants and depressants such as alcohol can be a deadly combination. The stimulants mask the effects of alcohol consumption and risk alcohol poisoning.
IS THIS DRUG ADDICTIVE:
Yes, these drugs create a “high” followed by a “crash” leading to higher doses and more frequent use.
SIGNS OF DRUG USE AND ABUSE:
Signs of abuse include insomnia, anorexia, stomach and chest pain, aggression and blurred vision. Signs of overdose can be panic, uncontrollable shaking, hallucinations and coma.
No. The stimulant will only help mask the effects of alcohol and the person won’t be able to know when they are consuming too much liquor. It is not uncommon for alcohol poisoning and alcohol related problems to occur including aggression, suicide, and coma.
Stimulants are in the same class of drugs as cocaine and are highly addictive. It is both extremely dangerous and illegal to share, sell, or give your prescription medicine to another person.
Drug and alcohol dependence disorders and addictions are medical conditions that can be effectively treated. The first step is to recognize the problem and seek help for yourself or loved ones. To speak to a caring, experienced addiction advisor call 1-800-601-0759 or fill out the contact form below.