News from CRIS: Stimulants - Overview

September 28, 2020

What are stimulants?

Stimulants refer to a wide variety of drugs and compounds that can boost mood, increase one's ability to focus, and improve vigor and sociability. Some stimulants have ergogenic effects, meaning they can enhance performance. 
We can find stimulants in prescribed medications, foods, beverages, dietary supplements, and other human-made substances.

Are stimulants legal?

Many stimulants like caffeine, dietary supplements, and prescribed medications are legal when used as directed. 
Other natural and human-made stimulants like cocaine, methamphetamine, and more are illegal, addictive, and can cause great bodily harm when illegally produced and consumed. 


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