Brief Description

Amphetamine-type stimulants [ATS] is the term used for amphetamine and a group of drugs that are chemically similar to amphetamine and have amphetamine-like stimulant effects. This includes speed, crystal meth, ketamine and mephadrone amongst others


Street names

E’s, Dexies, mollies, uppers and billies amongst others


How Amphetamines work

ATS are all stimulants, which people take to keep themselves awake, energised and alert. ATS can make you overactive, agitated or even psychotic. Make users feel very up, alert and energised, wide awake, excited and chatty. Produce empathic effects like feelings of love and affection for the people users are with and for strangers around them. Give a high but this is often followed by a long slow comedown, making people feel irritable and depressed.


Amphetamines and the law

Since there are lots of different types of ATS, there are differences in how they are dealt with by the law. However, the vast majority of ATS are illegal to have, give away or sell.


The risks

  • Depending on how much you’ve taken, it can be difficult to relax or sleep
  • ATS can also reduce your appetite so that you don’t eat enough and regular users can become malnourished
  • The comedown, which can last a few days, can make you feel really lethargic and down, and you can have difficulty concentrating and learning.
  • Some have died from overdoses
  • ATS can make you feel anxious, irritable, aggressive, paranoid and depressed; and cause short term mental illnesses and even psychotic episodes.
  • Injecting an ATS is particularly dangerous – it’s much easier to overdose when injecting and ATS can be cut with other substances


For more information please contact CGL Gloucestershire on 01452 223 014