Prescription Stimulants, also known as amphetamines, are typically used to treat health conditions, like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). When a doctor prescribes an a stimulant, such as Ritaln or Adderall, to a patient, the dose prescribed is recognized as safe and effective. However, these can be misused when they are not taken as prescribed, used to get high, or when the prescription is given to someone else for whom it was not prescribed. The amphetamine “Sulfate” (known as speed), is generally used for recreational or non-medical purposes.
However, these can be misused when they are not taken as prescribed, used to get high, or when the prescription is given to someone else for whom it was not prescribed.
What are the risks?
Side effects of these substances include rapid heart rate, loss of appetite, issues with skin including acne, rashes, and hives, mood swings, insomnia, and obsessive behaviors.
Methamphetamines are extremely addictive stimulants. “Crystal Meth” is a form of the drug that people can smoke, snort, inject, or take as a pill. Many people take methamphetamines in the form of binging, called a “run,” where they don’t eat or sleep for several days.
Risks of methamphetamine use include severe weight loss, addiction, serious dental problems, skin sores, anxiety, violent behavior, paranoia and hallucinations. There is also a risk for developing Parkinson’s Disease later in life. If they inject, they are at an increased risk for HIV/AIDS.
Know the data:
NATICK HIGH SCHOOL DATA:
Prescription Stimulants: In 2018, 4.3% of Natick High School students reported ever using prescription stimulants without a doctor’s prescription.
Methamphetamines: According to the 2018 MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey, 0.7% of Natick High School students reported ever using methamphetamines compared to 0.9% in the MetroWest region.
No data available currently for prescription stimulants nor methamphetamines.
Prescription Stimulants: According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2.1% of people over the age of 12 reported misusing stimulants.
Methamphetamines: According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 1.6 million people reported using methamphetamines in the past year and 774,000 in the past month. The average age of new methamphetamine users in 2016 was 23.3 years old.