Methamphetamine

What is it?

Methamphetamine is one of the amphetamine group of drugs which are made from readily available chemicals. Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug. Stimulants speed up the function of the brain and nervous system. It can be used to make other drugs, ecstasy is the most common example. Methamphetamine is available in three different forms commonly known as speed, base, ice or crystal.

Sometimes, but not often, doctors prescribe amphetamine drugs to treat some health problems. But mostly, people use amphetamines that are made illegally. Most of these drugs currently sold on the street in Australia are methamphetamine or variants which are stronger than amphetamines.

Speed, base and Ice are all the same drug but they differ in purity. Ice is about 80% pure, whereas speed is typically 10%-20% pure. The purity makes the effects stronger and longer lasting but also more addictive with worse side effects.

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