What is Methamphetamine


Methamphetamine is part of the amphetamine family of drugs, which stimulate the brain and nervous system in a similar way to cocaine and ‘speed’, but with strong effects that last much longer. The crystal form of methamphetamine, sometimes called Crystal Meth or Ice, is extremely powerful and addictive. Some compare it to ‘crack cocaine’ as both give an intense, powerful ‘high’ followed by a very severe ‘comedown’, and both are very addictive.

Effects of methamphetamine include:

  • Feeling very up, exhilarated, alert and awake.
  • Feeling agitated, paranoid, confused and aggressive.

Smoking Crystal Meth, a purer form of methamphetamine, gives a very intense 'high' similar to crack cocaine but much longer lasting - between 4 and 12 hours.

There’s evidence that long-term methamphetamine use can cause brain damage, although this gradually gets better if the user stays off the drug for a long time.


What does methamphetamine look like?

It can come in several different forms – including tablets, powder, or crystals. The tablets are sometimes referred to as 'yaba' and the smokeable crystals are often called ‘Crystal Meth’ or ‘Ice’. On average, a gram of Crystal Meth is £40 - £45 and £15 for one hit on the street.


How is methamphetamine taken?

Depending on its form, methamphetamine can be swallowed, snorted or injected; and unlike amphetamine, it can also be smoked.

Injecting methamphetamine, and sharing needles, syringes or other injecting equipment, runs the risk of the injector catching or spreading viruses, such as HIV or hepatitis C. There is also the risk that veins may be damaged and of abscesses or clots developing.

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