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Stimulant use and abuse: a primary care issue

Recent history

Stimulants, including cocaine and amphetamines, are among the most widely used and abused illegal substances in the United States. Coca chewing has a long history of indigenous use in South America 1. Widespread use of cocaine followed its isolation from coca in 1859 and a medical publication purporting its benefits in 1884. Its subsequent incorporation into patent medicines and popular beverages, e.g., Vin Mariani and Coca-Cola contributed to its profligate use 2. Rising social and medical problems raised concern in many circles and restrictions were gradually applied until the Harrison Act (1914) banned all OTC inclusion of cocaine 3. In the US, a popularity wave of cocaine began in the 1970’s followed by the crack wave of the 1980’s 4. These waves have left paths of adverse consequences, including association with the HIV epidemic, in the latter decades of the 20th century.

The first of the synthetic stimulants, amphetamine (isolated in 1887), was first popularized in the 1930’s with an OTC nasal decongestant (Bezedrine inhaler) containing the amphetamine phenylisopropylamine and the following the discoveries of clinical applications for fatigue, narcolepsy and depression 5. High availability, and popularity, led to misuse and OTC use was banned in 1957. Prescription misuse followed WWII (with common military usage) and illicit diversion of medications. Methamphetamine (isolated in 1919) use peaked during the late 1960’s creating a “speed scene.” The passage of the Controlled Substances Act in 1971 led to a dramatic decline in prescribed amphetamine and the popularity of amphetamines and methamphetamine declined for a time 6. The 1990’s brought a reemergence of methamphetamine, particularly to the western US, concurrent to mounting small scale production, aka “meth labs,” first in California and subsequently spreading nationwide 7. New forms of methamphetamine, e.g., “crank” and “ice,” have had their popularity waves as well. The popularity of amphetamines is reciprocal with cultural representations throughout the 1940’s – 1990’s, e.g., in literature, movies and music 8, 9.

Table 1

Medical complications of stimulant use

Organ systemAcute complicationsChronic complications
Central nervous systemHallucinations, esp. tactilePsychotic symptoms
DyskinesiaCerebrovascular disease/stroke
SeizuresMovement disorders, e.g., dystonic reactions, akathisia, choreoathetosis, tardive dyskinesia
Cardiovascular systemTachycardiaMyocarditis
Myocardial infarctionMyocardial fibrosis
ArrhythmiasMyocardial infarction
PulmonaryCough, shortness of breath, wheezingInterstitial pneumonitis
Pulmonary edema, hemorrhageBronchiolitis obliterans
RenalRenal ischemia
Renal failure
GastrointestinalReduced gastric motilityGastric ulceration and perforation
Intestinal infarction
Ischemic colitis
LiverViral hepatitis secondary to contaminated syringe use
EndocrineReduced prolactinInc, normal or dec. prolactin
Increased epinephrine, CRH, ACTH, cortisol and luteinizing hormonesNormal testosterone, cortisol, LH, thyroid hormones
MusculoskeletalMovement disorders (see CNS)Rhabdomyolysis
Head and neckRhinitisRhinitis
Perforated nasal septum
Nasal and gingival ulceration
Dental decay and periodontal disease
Corneal ulcers
Immune systemVasculitis sysndromes
Sexual functionErectile dysfunction
Irregular menses
ReproductiveVaginal bleedingFDA category C
Abruption placentaPlacenta previa
Premature rupture of membranesLow birth weight
General/otherDehydrationWeight loss
Nutritional deficits

see the source link for the full study
I do not condone or support any illegal activities. All information is for theoretical discussion and wonder.
All activities discussed are considered fictional and hypothetical. Information of all discussion has been derived from online research and in the spirit of personal Freedom.


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