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STIMULANTS (UPPERS)

STIMULANTS are drugs used to increase mental activity relieve fatigue, increase alertness, and offset drownsiness.

KINDS OF STIMULANTS

AMPHETAMINES. First use in the 1930's to treat narcolepsy. They are marketed in form of inhalers, injectables and tablets.

COCAINE. The most potent stimulant of natural origin. Cocaine is extracted from the leaves of the "coca" plant which are grown in the andean highland of South America. Illegal cocaine is in the form of white crystalline powder, It is shorted through the nose.

"SHABU" or methamphetamine HCI. The most abused stimulant drug in the Philippines today. It is commonly known as "poor man's cocaine", or by other names, such as: "shabs, ubas, S, siopao, sha and ice. "Shabu is a white, odorless crystal or crystalline powder with bitter taste. It can be injected as well as inhaled by the user.

EFFECTS OF STIMULANT

  • It gives a feeling of being stronger, more decisive and self-possessed
  • Extend warefullness and increased mental alertness
  • It may induce irritability, anxiety and fear
  • Loss of aapetite resulting in decreased body weight
  • Pregnant woman who abused "shabu" can cause mental retardation to their unborn babies
  • Loss of sexual desire, lacks interest toward work
  • User suffer "schizophrenia" or split personality leading to violent behavior
  • Chronic users experience loss of memory
  • Injecting "shabu" using dirty needles can lead to various infections, such as: hepatitis - B, blood poisoning and AIDS

ABUSE OF STIMULANTS

Abuser of amphethamine, cocaine, and "shabu" take the drug by inhalation, sniffing, snorting or by the injection. Abuser need a higher dosage to get "high".

Tolerance and physical dependence usually set in after a few weeks. Withdrawal symptom effects are depression and excessive period of sleep. The depression caused by these drugs can lead to "suicide".

FIRST AID TREATMENT

  1. Try to protect the victim from injuring or harming himself and others.
  2. Keep an open airway and give artificial respiration, when needed.
  3. Maintain normal body temperature of the patient.
  4. Seek psychiatric help for the victim experiencing delusions of hallucinations.

 


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