Taking Amphetamines To Lose Weight Not Such A Great Idea!

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TakingSENIMATEAMPHtoloseweight 2615 0 3201Not sucha great idea!

aged Snetl in TAMINErigr one AMPHEevot, jus ady usedcebreuéIn Q 18 has al c.).t14 to d, pills, ee(speThat means thatnearly 90% of thegirls in this agegroup have nevertaken AMPHETAMINES!2

Young people generally take amphetamines For fun or out of curiosity To help fit into their social group To deal with emotions or difficult situations To improve their physical and mental abilities To lose or control their weightSome boys, but mainly girls, also takeamphetamines to keep from gainingweight or to lose weight.3

AMPHETAMINEUse andWeightLossIt’s true that amphetaminescurb your appetite, which canlead to weight loss, but be42615 0 3201CAREFUL!

Not eating enough can lead to Tiredness and weakness Trouble concentrating Mood swings Hair loss Insufficient vitamin and mineral intakeLosing weight too quickly can cause Loss of water and muscle mass, instead of fat Slowed growth during adolescence Hormone imbalances that cause an irregularor interrupted menstrual cycle Constipation and other digestive problemsWhen you don’t eat enough, your bodily functionsslow down. When you begin to eat normally again,the body tends to store excess calories as fat,and you almost always end up gaining the extrakilos you lost, and quite often, a few more.G TS W EI GHE AMM IN ESS TTOO LOO SEP H ETU INN G AM PHUSO UT IO N .IS NNOOTT T HHEE S OL5

What exactlyI N E S?are A M P H E TA MAmphetamines are central nervous system stimulants.They usually come in the form of small tablets withall sorts of eye-catching logos etched on them toattract young people. More often than not, they aremanufactured in unclean illegal laboratories usingvarious chemicals, which makes it difficult to knowtheir exact composition. Amphetamines can containall sorts of potentially dangerous substances, includingmethamphetamine, PCP, ecstasy, and ketamine.Amphetamines are often referred to asspeed, whiz, pill, peanut, etc. Theycan also come in the form of capsulesor powder.Effects of amphetamines Amphetamines provide a feeling of energy and animpression of power and well-being that can last forfour to eight hours (euphoria). Amphetamines can also cause hallucinations, panic,paranoia, and psychoses.6

Consequences of using amphetamines When the euphoric effects of amphetamines wear off,users may experience exhaustion, tiredness, irritabilityand anxiety, mood changes, sadness or depression,as well as agitated and less restful sleep. Amphetamines can cause fever, rashes, jaw clenching, tics,and heart problems. When taken repeatedly or at high doses, amphetaminescan affect the brain, memory, and motor skills. They canalso cause convulsions and death.7


Now that you know more about theeffects and dangers of amphetamines,you can understand that there arebetter ways to have a good time,relate with your peers, deal withyour emotions, improve your physicaland mental abilities, and controlyour weight.If you need to talk this overwith someone, don’t be shy. Talkto a school counsellor, yourbig sister, someone you trust,or Tel-jeunes.9

To maintain a healthyweight, eat healthyfoods, be aware ofsigns of hunger andsatiation (the signalthat you have eatenenough), and stayphysically active.10

Writing: Hélène Gagnon, Ph.D., Scientific Advisor, Institut national de santépublique du Québec (INSPQ), based on the work of GRIP-Montréal,in collaboration with Marie-Claude Paquette, Scientific Advisor, INSPQ,for information on eating and weight loss.Sources: Dubé, G., Tremblay, R., et al. (2007). Enquête québécoise sur le tabac,l’alcool, la drogue et le jeu chez les élèves du secondaire, 2006, Québec,Institut de la statistique du Québec, 165 pp. Léonard, L., and M. Ben Amar (2002). Les psychotropes : Pharmacologieet toxicomanie, Montréal, Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal,895 pp. Addiction Prevention Centre (2008). Drugs: Know the Facts, Cut yourRisks, Montréal, Addiction Prevention Centre: 192 pp.Produced by:Direction des communications, ministère de la Santé et des Services sociauxThis document is available online and can be ordered at www.msss.gouv.qc.caby clicking Documentation and then Publications.Graphic Design : Mc3 Stratégie Création / Illustrations : Simon GiguèreIt may also be ordered at diffusion@msss.gouv.qc.ca or by mail at:Direction des communicationsDiffusion1075, chemin Sainte-Foy, 16e étageQuébec (Québec)G1S 2M1Legal depositBibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, 2009Library and Archives Canada, 2009ISBN: 978-2-550-57360-9 (print version)ISBN: 978-2-550-57361-6 (PDF)All rights reserved for all countries. Any reproduction whatsoever, translation or dissemination,in whole or in part, is prohibited unless authorized by Les Publications du Québec. However,reproduction in whole or in part for personal, non-commercial purposes is permitted solelyin Québec, provided the source is mentioned. Gouvernement du Québec, 2009Ce document est disponible en français.11

Here are some of the resourcesavailable if you would like moreinformation on the subject:Online Tasjuste1vie.com Teljeunes.comBy phone Tel-jeunesMontréal and region:514-288-2266Elsewhere in Québec:1-800-263-2266Free and confidential24 hours, 7 days a week Drugs: help and referralMontréal and region:514-527-2626Elsewhere in Québec:1-800-265-262624 hours, 7 days a week09-804-08Adependances.gouv.qc.ca

3 Some boys, but mainly girls, also take amphetamines to keep from gaining weight or to lose weight. Young people generally take amphetamines For fun or out of curiosity To help fit into their social group To deal with emotions or difficult situations To improve their physical and mental abilities To lose or control their weight

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