What you Need to Know about Stimulants
When taken as prescribed, these medications safely help those with ADHD, ADD and narcolepsy. Prescription stimulants include methylphenidate (Ritalin and Concerta) and amphetamines (Dexedrine and Adderall). These medications – which are the same class of drugs as cocaine and methamphetamine – increase alertness, energy and attention.
Often teens initially abuse them to get better grades, but stimulant abuse often leads to poorer academic performance.
Long-term Stimulant Abuse Side Effects
High blood pressure, stroke, and heart failure
A Dose of Reality
Persons using stimulants may exhibit dilated pupils, changes in appearance/hygiene, decreased appetite, sweating, fatigue, depression, and be easily irritable, argumentitive or violent.