Amphetamines & Methamphetamines
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(Street names:- Speed, whiz, uppers, amph, billy, sulphate,
grudge, dexys, blues, base, ups, wake ips, bennies, dexies, black beauties, jollies, crazy medicine, yaba and
effects of 'Meth'.
Amphetamines are man-made drugs that have a bitter taste and usually come as white, greyish
white, pale pink or yellow powder, and sometimes as a brightly coloured tablet. Amphetamines can be snorted,
swallowed, injected, dissolved in a drink or smoked.
Amphetamines can also come in a liquid form, which is injected into the body. The most common
form of the drug is amphetamine sulphate, commonly known as speed. The purity of the drug is usually only about
5%, with the rest mixed with other white powders, ranging from talcum powder to toilet cleaner. As a result, it
is said to be one of the most impure drugs available.
Amphetamines are usually sold in wraps like cocaine. The powder is
off-white or pinkish and can sometimes look like small crystals. Base speed is purer and is a pinkish-grey
colour and feels like putty. Prescription amphetamines like dexamphetamine are usually small white
Speed is either dabbed onto the gums or sniffed in lines like cocaine using a rolled up bank
note. Sometimes it’s rolled up in a cigarette paper & swallowed. This is called a speed bomb. It can be
mixed in drinks, or injected.
The effects kick in after about half an hour if ingested but much quicker if injected or
smoked (methamphetamine) & can last up to six hours. It all depends on the quality of the speed. The high is
followed by a long slow comedown.
Speed makes people feel wide awake, excited and chatty. Clubbers take it because it gives them
the energy to dance for hours without getting knackered. It was also once the main ingredient in diet pills
because it stops people feeling hungry.
There is, unfortunately, a ‘flip side’. It’s impossible to sit still or sleep on
speed. The come down can make users feel irritable and depressed and can last for one or two
Speed makes people feel panicky. Sniff a lot in a short space of time & expect hallucinations.
Regular use of speed will result in the development of a tolerance, requiring larger
quantities to experience the same ‘high’. This can lead to addiction.
Anyone who takes amphetamines for long enough may suffer from paranoia, delusions and hallucinations, as well as risking infections such as hepatitis and
HIV through contaminated needles. Some users become tense & anxious after taking speed and can be tired
& depressed for several days. High repeated doses could lead to panic attacks, hallucinations and also place a serious strain on the heart.
- Speed puts
strain on your heart. It is bad news for people with high blood pressure or
a heart condition. An overdose can be
- Speed taken
with antidepressants or alcohol is a combination
that has been known to be fatal.
- Taking a lot of
speed can give your immune system a battering. You could get more colds,
flu & sore throats.
- Speed can lead
to anxiety, depression, irritability,
aggression & violence, as well as mental illness such as psychosis and
- Too much
sniffing speed and you’re ‘sneezing lumps’ out of your
- Injecting any
drug can cause vein damage, ulcers and gangrene. Dirty or shared needles
and injecting works can help the spread of hepatitis & HIV. Injecting
speed is particularly dangerous because it’s cut with so much
As with many other illicit substances, the risk of developing serious mental illnesses is
high. Psychotic side effects can lead to permanent damage and irreversible psychoses. In some cases, Schizophrenia can result.
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