Stimulant use on the rise

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  • By 1st Lt. Amber Merefield
  • Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment manager
There is an increase in drug-related referrals here in 2017.  Specifically, our staff received several referrals for stimulant use, to include prescribed stimulants and cocaine.

Most people use prescribed stimulants, like Adderall, to help them focus or have better concentration.  Those who are prescribed a stimulant must ensure they take the medication as prescribed by their provider.

One symptom of stimulant abuse is taking the drug for reasons other than medical need, such as to stay awake for long periods of time.

The dangers associated with illicit stimulants like cocaine are similar to the dangers associated with prescription stimulants. The most obvious danger of abusing stimulants is their addictive quality.

There are consequences that can affect a person’s health in both the short and long-term. Abusing stimulants to enhance athletic performance is particularly dangerous, because stimulants increase blood pressure. The combination of physical exertion and stimulants can lead to cardiac arrest or stroke.

Withdrawal symptoms can occur within hours of stopping stimulants or can take several days to manifest.

The Air Force maintains a zero tolerance policy towards illicit drug use and substance use directly impacts mission readiness. Abuse of all types of stimulants can lead to negative consequences.  Anyone concerned about their use or someone else are encouraged to reach out to their leadership for guidance.

At the Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment office, we ask service members here to be good Wingmen and encourage anyone they feel is abusing stimulants, to seek help.

For more information or help with addiction, call ADAPT at 883-9352/8873.