All stimulants act to heighten the body’s natural physiologic state, by increasing blood pressure, heart rate, alertness, decreasing bowl activity, and producing a euphoric state (a sense of elation and well-being). Because of the action of stimulants on the body’s natural opiate system (endorphins) and on dopamine, stimulants are highly addictive.
It is widely believed that stimulant withdrawal does not occur due to the lack of a physical withdrawal syndrome. However, this is not the case. Stimulant withdrawal produces the opposite state that stimulant use creates. For example, cocaine and amphetamine withdrawal will typically cause the addicted person to suffer from depression, lethargy, fatigue, an increased need for sleep, decreased cognition, and poor concentration. These effects from stimulant withdrawal can last for weeks or even months, and can be debilitating.
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Because of the illegal nature of cocaine and methamphetamine use in the United States, these drugs are heavily controlled by the DEA. With this comes serious legal consequences for the production, importation, use, or possession of these substances, and the paraphernalia required for their use.
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