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Stimulants are a class of psychoactive drug that increases activity in the brain. These drugs can temporarily elevate alertness, mood, and awareness. Some stimulant drugs are legal and widely used. Many stimulants can also be addicting. Stimulants share many commonalities, but each has unique properties and mechanisms of action.

Drugs that are classed as stimulants include:
  • Caffeine
  • Nicotine
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Prescription stimulants