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(speed, meth, or chalk - in its smoked form - ice, crystal, crank or glass)


What is methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is a stimulant that is chemically similar to speed (amphetamine) but produces more intense effects. It is most commonly available in white/clear crystals, but may be available in other forms such as pink or white powder or pills.

How is it used?

Methamphetamine can be smoked, injected, snorted or taken orally. Injecting increases the risk of overdose and Hepatitis B and C and HIV (through sharing injecting equipment).

What are the effects?

Methamphetamine can produce feelings of intense euphoria, increased energy and alertness. Users also report an increase in sexual arousal and a loss of inhibitions. Methamphetamine tends to produce an instant rush, similar to the effects of crack but lasting for a longer period of time.

Methamphetamine can last anything from 2 to 16 hours and effects may vary from person to person and depending on route of administration. As with all drugs injecting provides the quickest and most intense experience.

Common side effects of methamphetamine include; compulsive repetitive behaviour, panic attacks, nausea, sweating and teeth grinding – with tooth decay and loss reported.

Regular use can lead to an increased tolerance and dependency. The effects of long term use may include; anxiety, depression, exhaustion, irritability, moodiness and aggression. Drug induced psychosis, with users experiencing hallucinations and paranoia is also a possibility. As with all stimulants heart attack is a potential risk.

Legal status

Methamphetamine is a Class A drug.

  • The maximum penalty for possessing a Class A drug is seven years in prison and/or unlimited fine.
  • The maximum penalty for supplying a Class A drug is life imprisonment and/or unlimited fine.


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