Amphetamine Type Stimulants

THE EFFECTS

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.

ATS can:

  • 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.
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