Speed, Ecstasy, Ritalin: The Science of Amphetamines

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OUP Oxford, Jan 10, 2008 - Medical - 222 pages
Amphetamines have had a relatively short, though chequered history. From their use in wartime, their abuse by the beat generation, up to the popularity of Ecstasy in the late 20th century, many have found amphetamines an enjoyable, though unpredictable, stimulant. More than that though, amphetamine-based treatments have been found to have beneficial effects for those suffering from attention deficit disorders, and are now widely prescribed in the US and elsewhere as a treatment for children and adults. What is the truth behind these medical claims? What are the real effects of stimulants like Ecstasy? Just how harmful are amphetamines? In this book, a leading authority on psychoactive drugs explores the uses and abuses of amphetamines. Starting with a look at the origins of amphetamines, their use in wartime, their use by poets, musicians - even a President of the US, it presents a fascinating and accessible account of amphetamine use. It examines the evidence for the claims that drugs like Ecstasy kill, and considers the widespread use of amphetamines for ADHD, presenting a thorough account based on science and fact, rather than dogma.

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I started going to raves in the mid 90s to early 2000s my experience was amazing yet the crystal meth we were doing was of a glass consistency. I also took ecstasy,lsd and special k, I was drenched in this lifestyle until I flipped out thinking that my friends were going to hurt me. After that experience I went to heroin. I never returned to the rave scene. As a result of heroin Iam on methadone which I have been on for 20 years. I'm 38 and now I'm addicted to xanax. I never thought the feeling of wanting to be accepted would lead to this I managed to obtain my Ged and get 1 and a half years of college I'm trying to get a degree. My parents died early in my 20s which complicated things. I felt like my backbone was gone. I was homeless and pregnant but managed to get section 8. Never thought the suburban white girl would be an escort living on section 8. I do have a part-time job. The one thing that has not left is my paranoid thought's which causes me to want to be alone alot. 


About the Author
1 Introduction
2 What are amphetamines and how do they work in the brain?
3 Medical uses of amphetamines
4 Amphetamines as performance enhancers
5 Illicit amphetamine use around the world
how research on amphetamines provided new insights into the brain mechanisms underlying schizophrenia
7 How dangerous are the amphetamines?
8 Ecstasy
9 The future with amphetamines
Author Index
Subject Index

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Leslie Iversen is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford, UK.