23 مارچ 2017
"Amphetamine".. addiction with medical authorization
"Amphetamine", one of the derivatives of "phenethylamines", is used by some as a stimulant, appetite suppressant and aphrodisiac without realizing that it causes addiction after a short period of consumption that does not exceed two weeks .
This substance is classified as a drug that does not exist in Egypt, due to the current crisis in the Egyptian pharmaceutical market. It is therefore imported from abroad, and the first cause of its consumption is weight loss. The alternative for this drug is the "Contessa" which appears in the table of drugs. Amphetamine is considered to be a stimulant, used at specific doses to treat hyperactivity in children, without knowing that it is addictive, until they show signs of addiction after weeks of use.
Among the cases of addiction caused by this drug, a young girl at the American University called "Mona" who consumed it in order to lose weight without knowing the risks. One of his friends subsequently offered her powdered drugs until she reached the last stage of addiction and began to show addiction symptoms. Pushed to resort to a doctor and undergo a rehabilitation program. It took her an entire year to recover from her addiction to this drug.
Dr. Abdul Rahman Hammad, Head of Dependence Department at the Abbasside Hospital says that some people become addicted to this substance without realizing it, while others consume it for recreational purposes.
Hammad pointed out that the active ingredient in this drug is lighter than heroin, but it’s more expensive than cannabis and cheaper than the powdered drug. He noted that this drug was advised initially by doctors in the treatment of obesity, but when discovering its effects, they stopped prescribing it to patients. Hammad also pointed out that this synthetic product leads to loss of appetite and an increase in libido, but eventually it decreases sexual abilities and leads to insomnia, psychological disorders and hallucinations.
Among the cases of addiction, there’s "Mohammed", an Egyptian working in Kuwait. He used this drug to lose weight and as an aphrodisiac for a long time, which resulted in a decrease in his sexual abilities thereafter.
Hammad said that the majority of Arab patients addicted to this drug he treats, use it to increase their sexual desire, only to find themselves later affected by sexual disorders.
Regarding the consumption of this product for weight loss, Hammad said that the addicted to this drug follows a rehabilitation program of one to three months, and he is interned in the hospital during the first treatment period , which costs 5,000 pounds and in some hospitals it can cost between 50,000 or 60,000 pounds per month.
Reasons for consuming of this substance
Hammad added that some cases he treats take this synthetic product as an aphrodisiac, others as a substance leading to hallucinations in order to flee their psychological problems, others to find sleep, while some people use it in order to lose weight without realizing the risks it generates.