It is our job as parents to ensure that not only do our kids know the risks of drug use, but that we are familiar enough with drug abuse to be able to see the symptoms. All too often, we are too blinded by our love and respect for our teenagers to see what’s going on, right in front of us. Some of the most common reasons that teenagers begin using amphetamines are:
- The desire for weight loss.
- The need for more energy, usually for more time to go without sleep, to study longer, etc.
- Because they wanted to see what it was like.
- Because everyone else was doing it, too.
- Because it was prescribed a doctor, even if it wasn’t for them and it wasn’t their doctor, so it must be safe.
So many teenagers are unhappy with their appearance, and weight is a significant factor in the negative self-esteem of teenagers. They will often latch on to almost anything if they think it will help them lose weight and amphetamines are known for their abilities to induce weight loss. Unfortunately, that weight loss also comes with:
- An Inability to Sleep
- High Blood Pressure
- A Fast Heart Beat
- Dizziness and Death
All of that information presents with the medication when it is administered by a U.S. pharmacy, but teenagers rarely get amphetamines in the original packaging, so they may never know.
When teens are abusing amphetamines, they are likely to stay up for extended periods of time, so if you notice that your teenager has symptoms of insomnia or seems to not need sleep, it may be time to be concerned. In addition, if you notice a sudden weight loss, mood changes, or a sudden change in behavior, it may be time to have a talk with your child. Finally, panic attacks, anxiety and dry mouth also manifest as some of the symptoms as well.
So you’re doing your teen’s laundry, and there are some pills you’re unsure about that show up. Or, you found them in their room, their bags or worst of all another parent called to tell you they found some that your child left at their home. It’s very important to know what amphetamines look like, so you can tell the difference between the vitamins they got from the health food store and something that could ruin lives.
Amphetamines are very common and come in many different forms. It can be difficult to tell the difference between them and something else when they are just pills or capsules in a plastic bag.
However; some of the most common capsules are large red ones and some of the most common pills are white, yellow and green. Some capsules are sold in foil wraps, sandwich bags and miniature balloons when they change hands in public. It is also possible to inject amphetamines. If they are being injected, it will be a liquid that is either reddish-brown or, on occasion, clear. That liquid may also be stored in the shells of old capsules.
It is important to remember that if your teenager is using injectable amphetamines, there will have to be needles somewhere that are being used. Although it is unpleasant to think about, if they are using intravenous drugs, their chances of contracting a blood-borne disease like HIV or Hepatitis increases. They should be tested, and re-tested, at appropriate intervals as soon as possible.
The third form is referred to as “ice” and is sold in crystals or powder. The crystals will usually appear as a sheet of crystals and are then pounded into powder. The powder will then be snorted or smoked. It will be a shade of white, or a yellowish-white and some people refer to it as a beige.
If you are concerned that your teen has developed an amphetamines addiction, it is very important that you seek help for that addiction. It is not something they can get through by themselves and you cannot get them through it at home.
Your son or daughter will need professional medical care and emotional support from people who are experienced with addiction to get on the road to recovery.
Withdrawal from drugs can be painful, humiliating and very, very difficult to endure. Your son or daughter needs in-patient drug rehabilitation to get through it.