Physical Signs of Stimulant Abuse

Signs of stimulant abuse may include:

  • Feelings of paranoia and hostile behavior
  • Headache
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss
  • Obvious feelings of exhilaration and manic energy
  • Insomnia followed by long periods of sleep
  • Restlessness demonstrated by fast speech, jumpy hands, high energy, and impatience
  • Vomiting

Stimulants can be addictive. High doses of stimulants can produce heart palpitations, irregular heartbeat, and high blood pressure. An extreme overdose can cause a heart attack or a fatal seizure.

Sources

(1) Partnership for a Drug-Free America. (2010). Drug guide by name. Retrieved February 24, 2010 from www.drugfree.org

(2) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2006, July 18). NIDA InfoFacts: Prescription pain and other medications. Retrieved July 10, 2007 from www.nida.nih.gov/infofacts/PainMed.html

(3) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2011, March). Commonly Abused Drug Chart. Retrieved September 10, 2012 from www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/commonly-abused-drugs/commonly-abused-drugs-chart

(4) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2007, February 28). Prescription drug abuse chart. Retrieved July 10, 2007 from www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/commonly-abused-drugs/commonly-abused-prescription-drugs-chart


This information is provided by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services within the Department of Public Health.