12. Psychostimulants

  1. Professor G. Hussein Rassool PhD, MSc, BA, FRSPH, ILTM Cert. Ed., Cert. Couns., Cert. Director Visiting Professor Formerly Senior Lecturer1,2,3

Published Online: 4 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch12

Addiction for Nurses

Addiction for Nurses

How to Cite

Rassool, G. H. (2010) Psychostimulants, in Addiction for Nurses, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch12

Author Information

  1. 1

    Departamento de Psiquiatria e Ciências Humanas da Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

  2. 2

    Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

  3. 3

    Department of Addictive Behaviour and Psychological Medicine, Centre for Addiction Studies, St George's University of London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187466

Online ISBN: 9781444327816



  • psychostimulants;
  • amphetamines and cocaine, stimulants in - variety of tablets and capsules, in combination with other drugs;
  • Khat, also a psychostimulant and an evergreen shrub;
  • amphetamine, dextroamphetamine and methamphetamine - collectively referred to as amphetamines;
  • withdrawal symptoms of amphetamines;
  • amphetamine withdrawal syndrome;
  • cocaine powder, generally used by socially integrated recreational users;
  • snorting cocaine, producing maximum physiological effects - within 40 minutes and activation period of between 5 and 10 minutes;
  • risks of khat use - to physical and psychological health;
  • psychosocial interventions - to treat psychostimulants' users


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Amphetamines

  • Cocaine

  • Khat

  • Ecstasy

  • Amyl and butyl nitrite

  • Mephedrone

  • Assessment of psychostimulants

  • Intervention strategies

  • References