"We need to talk to young people about drugs and make sure they understand that drugs are dangerous, addictive substances."

John P. Walters


Stimulants are drugs that speed up the nervous activity in your body, like elevating moods, increasing feelings of well-being, and increasing energy and alertness. Examples of an stimulants are cocaine, caffeine, alcohol, diet pills, Ritalin and tobacco. Like most drugs, stimulants can be lethal when taken in large doses or when mixed with other substances. Stimulant overdoses can lead to heart problems, strokes, hyperthermia, and convulsions, which if not treated immediately can result in death.

Short term effect of Stimulants

• Agitation, excessive activity, talkativeness, overconfidence, euphoria
• Irritability, argumentativeness or nervousness
• Enhanced concentration, suppressed tiredness
• A feeling of restlessness, anxiety
• Headache
• Excessive perspiration
• Increased blood pressure and/or respiratory rates, reduced body temperature
• Heart palpitations, rapid or irregular heartbeat
• Dilated pupils, irritation of eyes and nose, blurred vision, delusions
• Decreased appetite, weight loss, nausea
• Coughing
• Cramps, diarrhea
• Loss of coordination, tremors in the hands, dizziness, collapse

Chronic / long term use may cause

• Increased aggressiveness, panic attacks, seizures
• Bronchitis, nausea, vomiting
• Cancer of the throat and/or lungs
• Long periods without sleeping or eating
• Increased heart rate, chest pain, cardio vascular diseases
• Toxic delirium, tremors, terminal seizures
• Psychotic features, hallucinations
• Hypertension, irregular breathing
• Dermatosis
• Stroke, death