Stimulants are a type of drug that speed up neurological processes in the brain and physiological processes in the body. Stimulants are widely used as prescription medicines, for performance-enhancing purposes or for recreational use. Some notable stimulants include caffeine, nicotine, cocaine and amphetamines. Amphetamines, specifically, come in a variety of forms such as MDMA, methamphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Short term effects of stimulant ingestion (depending on the drug) can range from energy boosts, euphoria, improved attention and suppressed appetite, while long term effects of use can lead to dependence, weight loss, muscle deterioration, hallucination, paranoia and strokes. Prescription drugs consisting of amphetamines are often used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy.
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Possession, manufacture or sale of stimulant narcotics such as cocaine, MDMA and methamphetamine is a criminal offence in all Australian jurisdictions. The recreational use or sale of prescription amphetamines such as Adderall, along with the use of stimulants as performance enhancing drugs, is also illegal.
As a result, pharmacological or toxicological experts in stimulants such as amphetamines are often required to provide opinion on criminal matters involving the importation, sale or
manufacturing of drugs. Their opinion is often considered by judges when sentencing people with extreme dependence on such drugs. They may also be required to assess the impact of performance-enhancing drugs on athlete performance.
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