Running head: PSYCHOACTIVE DRUG REVIEW
Psychoactive Drug Review
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PSYCHOACTIVE DRUG REVIEW
A psychoactive drug, also referred to as a psychotropic substance refers to a chemical
substance that acts primarily upon the Central Nervous System (CNS) whereby it alters the
functioning of the brain, thereby resulting in temporary changes in perceptions, mood,
consciousness, behaviors as well as thoughts of those who take them. There are both legal and
illegal psychoactive drugs, which include tobacco and alcohol for legal psychoactive drugs, and
cannabis, amphetamines, cocaine, heroin and ecstasy, for illegal drugs. The following analysis
reviews amphetamine drugs as an example of the psychoactive drugs.
Amphetamine is a Central Nervous System (CNS) stimulant that affects chemicals in the
brain and nerves that contribute to impulse control as well as hyperactivity. Amphetamine is
used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This is especially with the case
of the Evekeo brand of amphetamine, which also treats narcolepsy and obesity (Leichti, 2015).
The amphetamine psychoactive drug is considered as a drug of abuse because of its habitforming tendencies. As a stimulant, the drug has been responsible for causing stroke, heart
attack, as well as sudden death among patients suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease,
as well as a heart defect. As such, it is not advisable for a patient to use amphetamine if he or she
has used a MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, such as iso...
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