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This page is about the slang term upper

Meaning: a stimulant drug, a drug that stimulates the heart and the nervous system

For example:

  • Those pills the police found in the truck are probably uppers. Lots of truck drivers take uppers to keep them awake during long trips.

  • Back in the sixties a lot of students took uppers like speed so they could study all night before an exam.

These powerful drugs include amphetamine, metamphetamine, ritalin, ephedrine, and so on. All of them have medical uses, but they can also be very dangerous if abused for their energizing and mood-altering effects.

Quick Quiz:

If someone takes uppers, their heart beat and blood pressure will most likely

a. go down

b. stay the same

c. go up

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Contributor: Matt Errey