What are Stimulants?

Stimulants are either natural or synthetic (man-made) drugs which have an arousing effect on the central nervous system. That means they speed up the mind and the body. Some examples of stimulants are:

Caffeine: Found in coffee, tea, cola as well as some other sodas, energy drinks, chocolate, diet pills, and stay-awake pills
Nicotine: Found in cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, and snuff
Amphetamines: Found in prescription diet pills, stay-awake pills, & "pep" pills
Cocaine: Made from the leaves of the coca plant
Ritalin and Adderall: Found in synthetic pill form
Ephedrine: Found in plants, and in some cold and allergy pills. Also, sometimes in illegal pills called Ecstasy (XTC)

Why do people use stimulants?

1. To stay awake or counteract the effect of "downer" drugs (Too bad that doesn't really work!)
2. For kicks, thrills, or to fight boredom (BIG risk!)
3. To feel better or more confident about themselves (Too bad it's not real!)
and other reasons you've heard about like curiosity, peer pressure, to forget problems, and because they are addicted.