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CocaineCentral Nervous System (CNS) Stimulants

Brand / Generic Names

Cocaine, Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, Methylphenidate, Phenmetrizine

Street Names

Bams, Black Beauties, Blackbirds, Cross Tops, Cross Roads, Crosses, Eye Opener, Jolly Beans, Lid Poppers, Poppers, Speed, Thrusters, Uppers, Uppies, Whites, Bernies, Big, Bloke, Big "C," Billie Hoke, Blow, Burese, "C," Charley, Cholly, Cocoa Puffs, Coke, Cola, Corine, Flake, Girl, Gold Dust, Happy Dust, Heaven Dust, Her, Ice, Jam Cecil, Mosquitoes, Nose Candy, Peruvian Marching Powder, Powdered Diamond, School Boy, Snow, Snow Caine, Snow Flake, Stardust, White Mosquitoes , Wire, Bombitas, Businessman's Trip, Crank, Crystal, Meth, Methedrine, Splash, Dexies, Pep Pills, Bennies

Possible Effects of CNS Stimulants

Rock Cocaine Cocaine and the amphetamines produce euphoria, a feeling that there are no problems. A feeling of super strength and absolute self-confidence may also be present. With cocaine, but not amphetamines, there is also an anesthetic effect or dulling of pain. Stimulant users tend to become hyperactive, nervous, extremely talkative and unable to stand still. Stimulants also tend to reduce the user's inhibition and to impair the user's ability to perceive time and distance. Persons under the influence can become easily confused. They lose the ability to concentrate and it is hard for them to think clearly for any length of time. The effects of stimulants vary from 5 minutes to several hours, depending on which type of CNS stimulant is used.

Overdosing of CNS stimulants can replace the euphoric effect with feelings of panic. The user may become very confused and suddenly aggressive. A person who is overdosing can suffer from convulsions and can possibly faint or pass out into a coma. Heartbeat will increase, possibly dramatically, and heart arrhythmia (irregular beating) may develop. This may lead to cardiac arrest. Death can also occur from sudden respiratory failure.

References and Resources

Drug Addiction and Drug Addiction Resource Center
Drug Photos from Miscellaneous Government Publications
Drug Test Success: Cocaine
Methamphetamine Addiction
National Families in Actions
Partnership for a Drug-free America: List of Drugs