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Specific Drug: Amphetamine (Adderall)

Classification: Psychostimulant

Commercial Names: Adderall, Benzedrine, Dexedrine, Dextrostat, Desoxyn, ProCentra, Vyvanse

Common Names/Nicknames: Bennies, black beauties, crank, speed, uppers

Active Compound: Amphetamine

Found in: Synthesized amphetamine

Mode of Consumption: Ingestion, insufflation, intravenous injection, inhalation (smoking)

DEA Scheduling/Legal Status (in US): Schedule II, legal with prescription


Increased concentration, mental alertness, hyperactivity, euphoria, blood pressure increases, heart irregularities, fever, loss of appetite, psychotic episodes, paranoia


Addiction, withdrawal, stroke, pulmonary embolism, psychosis, paranoia, schizophrenia, fatal overdose

Insufflation: nasal septum damage; Injection: blood-bourne pathogens, pulmonary damage (talcosis), endocarditis, abscess; Inhalation (smoking): lung damage, increased risk of pulmonary cancer, increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Dangerous Drug Combinations:

Potentially fatal mix with cocaine and other stimulants. Dangerous combination with cold medications, heart disease medications, and antidepressants

Special Considerations:

Amphetamine can be abused in academic settings for its ability to increase alertness.

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Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy (Third Edition), by Cynthia Kuhn, Scott Swartzwelder, and Wilkie Wilson. Published 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company.


National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institute of Health (NIH) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.



U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), part of the U.S. Department of Justice.



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