Amphetamines are powerful stimulants. Although they have specific medical uses, their abuse is a serious problem in the United States. Such abuse occurs among all types of people, from adolescents to those ages 40 and older, and in all regions of the country. Methamphetamine, a form of amphetamine, is about twice as addictive as other amphetamines, making it a particularly dangerous drug. Amphetamines and Methamphetamine provides important information on the nature and chemistry of these drugs, their effects, abuse, addiction, and addiction treatment.
Drugs are part of everyday life. They can be found on the street, in school, and at home, and although many drugs are beneficial when used properly, the potential for abuse and misuse is great. Understanding Drugs provides a fact-based look at the most common legal and illegal drugs available today, explains how they work, and identifies the risks and benefits of using them. Whether dealing with drugs of abuse, such as cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, or therapeutic drugs, such as antibiotics, antidepressants, and prescription pain relievers, the best route to staying safe and healthy is to be informed.
Table of Contents
Foreword David J. Triggle 6
1 Overview 9
2 Historical Background 27
3 How Amphetamines Work in the Body 40
4 Amphetamine and Methamphetamine Abuse and Addiction 47
5 Addiction Treatment and Recovery 57
6 Amphetamines and the Law 71
Further Resources 96
About the Author 105
About the Consulting Editor 106