Substance Abuse: Medical and Slang Terminology

Humera Hamid, BA; Rif S. El-Mallakh, MD; Keith Vandeveir, CADC

Disclosures

South Med J. 2005;98(3):350-362. 

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Amphetamines

Slang terms

Bennies, billy, black beauties, copilots, crank, crystal, desoxyn, dexedrine, dexies, eye openers, lid poppers, meth, pep pills, Rx diet pills, speed, ups, uppers, wake-ups, whizz

Active ingredient

Amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, methamphetamine

Source

Synthetic

Pharmacological classification

CNS stimulant

Medical use

Control of appetite, narcolepsy, depression, some childhood behavior disorders (particularly attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder)

Abuse form

Tablets, capsules, liquid, powder (white)

Usage method

Taken orally, sniffed, or injected

Combinations

Barbiturates with methamphetamine; or cocaine and heroin ("speedball") with LSD and PCP

Effects sought

Increases alertness and energy

Adverse Effects

Loss of appetite, delusions, hallucinations, toxic psychosis

Detectable in urine

Yes

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