Central nervous system stimulants (Uppers)

Drugs that stimulate the central nervous system and generally speed up all functioning, making the user feel pumped-up, energetic and euphoric are known as uppers.

Effects

  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased energy
  • Increased sexual activity
  • Accelerated speech, jumping from topic to topic
  • Decreased appetite
  • Decreased inhibitions, impaired judgement
  • Decreased functioning of the immune system
  • Unrealistic confidence

Examples of drugs that are uppers

  • Appetite suppressants
  • Cocaine
  • Crack
  • Ecstasy is a stimulant with hallucinogenic properties
  • Ice
  • Speed
  • Tik

Withdrawal - Withdrawal is generally short-lived and physical. People often exaggerate symptoms to justify drugging.

  • Mood disturbances – depression, anxiety, irritability, paranoia
  • Sleeping patterns are disturbed/changed (insomnia)
  • Cognitive dysfunctions – lack of concentration, memory