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Overdose and Toxicity of Amphetamine

What Is an Overdose?

An overdose is an inundation of too much of one substance in the body. Depending on the substance, an overdose can be deadly, or may cause permanent brain damage and impair everyday life. During an overdose victims are typically helpless and rendered unconscious. It’s imperative to call 911 and get victims of overdose help as soon as they occur, as waiting to treat an overdose may result in fatality.

In fact, the overdose rate has tripled around the nation in the last few years.  

Can You Overdose on Amphetamine?

  Yes! Just because amphetamine is prescribed by medical doctors in some instances does not mean the substance does not pose threat of overdose. Amphetamine is a potent stimulus, and may result in cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, and death. Seizures are also common during an overdose of amphetamine. Recognizing the symptoms of amphetamine addiction early on are critical for preventing overdose altogether. The effects of amphetamine overdose may riddle one for the rest of their life, as motor functionality may be impaired as a result of loss of oxygen to the brain for an extended period of time.        

What Are the Symptoms of Amphetamine Overdose?

Knowing the symptoms of an amphetamine overdose can save your life, or the life of a friend or loved one. Look for the following signs when attempting to determine if someone is suffering from an amphetamine overdose:
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Social Withdrawal
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Respiratory Depression (Trouble Breathing)
  • Chest Pain
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Cardiovascular Problems
  • Stroke
  • Death
Although not directly related to overdose, ignoring the long term effects of amphetamines causes abusers to be more susceptible to contracting viruses like HIV and Hepatitis B & C. prolonged use of amphetamines cause permanent memory loss and social disorders.  

How Many People Overdose on Amphetamine?

According to national statistics submitted by Drug Free World, amphetamine is included with other classes of drugs which make up for 39 percent of overdose deaths in the United States. Amphetamine overdoses occur in both wealthy and poor neighborhoods- the addictive substance does not discriminate, and without proper amphetamine addiction treatment, those with untreated substance use disorders and more likely to experience overdose from amphetamine. Instances of amphetamine overdose may prolong for days, or they may be short lived. The resulting effects of increased blood pressure, heart rate, potential for seizures, and exhibitions of extreme paranoia, depression, and coma directly endangers one’s life from amphetamine overdose.      

What to Do in the Event of an Amphetamine Overdose

In the event of an amphetamine overdose (in in the event of a combination overdose) call 911 immediately! Provide first responders with all of the information necessary to render appropriate medications for amphetamine overdose. Also include other substances which may have been ingested before the event of the overdose. Many do not call 911 during an overdose in fear of the legal ramifications, but many states have good Samaritan laws which protect those seeking emergency medical assistance. Look into your state’s laws to see if you’re protected from incarceration. In the event you are not, getting help is more important than the legal ramifications; your life is literally at stake. Most instances of overdose are met with induction into treatment programs. But you can entirely prevent this situation by getting amphetamine addiction treatment today.  

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