Did you know?


Study hard, play hard. You don’t need drugs for either.

To raise awareness of the harms of stimulant drugs, as well as promote alternatives to their use, NCADA is releasing a series of short video ads on our various social media channels:



“What are the facts about stimulants?”


“Clear Mind”


“Stimulant Drug Risks”


“Find Your High Naturally”


“Catch Some Zzzs”


“Healthy Balance”


Stimulant Drugs

Stimulant drugs increase alertness, attention, and energy, as well as elevate blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration. Stimulants historically were used to treat asthma and other respiratory problems, obesity, neurological disorders, and a variety of other ailments. But as their potential for abuse and addiction became apparent, the medical use of stimulants began to wane. Now, stimulants are prescribed to treat only a few health conditions, including ADHD, narcolepsy, and occasionally depression—in those who have not responded to other treatments.

Short-term effects: Increased alertness, attention, energy; increased blood pressure and heart rate; narrowed blood vessels; increased blood sugar; opened-up breathing passages. In high doses, effects can include dangerously high body temperature and irregular heartbeat; heart failure; seizures.

Long-term effects: Heart problems, psychosis, anger, paranoia.