What are the effects of ATS?
Since there are lots of different types of ATS, there are differences in their effects and how powerful they are.
- Make users feel very up, alert and energised, wide awake, excited and chatty. Clubbers take ATS to get the energy to dance for hours without getting tired
- Have other effects that make clubbing and dancing more enjoyable, such as mild hallucinogenic effects, feelings of being ‘in tune’ with their surroundings and making music and colours more intense.
- Produce empathic effects like feelings of love and affection for the people users are with and for strangers around them.
- Stop people feeling hungry.
- Lead to agitation, panic attacks or even a psychotic episode.
- Have physical side effects like dilated pupils, a tingling feeling, tightening of jaw muscles, sweating, raised body temperature, headache and the heart beating faster.
- Increase heart rate and blood pressure and can raise the risk of heart attack – the higher the dose, the greater these effects.
- Lead to lowered inhibitions, which can lead to users taking risks that they wouldn’t normally take, such as having unsafe sex.
- Give a high but this is often followed by a long slow comedown, making people feel irritable and depressed.