‘Speed’ – (meth)amphetamine

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‘Speed’ is slang for meth-or dex-amphetamine. It is also known as : ice, crank, rocket fuel, gak, meth, glass, benzedrine, dexedrine, crystal and Yaba. It was one of the first phenethylamine type drugs developed. In the past it was mostly used as an appetite and sleep suppressant. Today, it is sometimes legally prescibed by doctors as a medicine for ADD related problems. Oddly enough, it causes people with attention deficit disorder to calm down.

the effects of taking speed:
– It produces alertness, confidence and raises levels of energy and stamina.
– It reduces appetite and lessens the desire and ability to sleep.
– Regular use can produce a need to increase the dose to get the same effect, and can lead to physical dependence on the drug.
– Speed can produce a powerful craving for more of the drug.
– Long-term use can result in serious mental and physical problems.
– The ‘comedown’ off speed can make you feel tired, lethargic and depressed. This may tempt users to take more, and can lead to dependency.

Pills, powder or crystal
– Speed can be found in the form of pills, powder or crystals.
– Speed can be swallowed, snorted, smoked, or injected.
– Swallowing is the safest method of using speed. The effects come on gradually and last longer than with other methods.
– Snorting speed takes effect faster than swallowing but it can damage the nose.
– Smoking speed takes effect immediately and can more easily lead to addiction.
– Injecting is the riskiest method of using speed.

Caveat Emptor: Buyer beware!
– Amphetamine is usually produced under circumstances that look similar to the ones in the picture.
– Besides impurities from bad production techniques speed is usually cut with adulterants to increase margins for the dealers. Unless you have a lab with sophisticated analytical equipment at hand there is no way to test purity.

Just know that:
– Long-term use can result in serious mental and physical problems.
– Speed users that inject the substance are at higher HIV and hepatitis risk through unsafe sex and needle sharing.
– Although rare, speed can cause seizures, heart attacks, strokes, and death from overdose.
– Many users become physically run down, which leaves them susceptible to a wide range of illnesses.
– Extended use of speed can cause psychosis. The user may think that everybody is out to get them, or that they are being followed or watched.
– Mixing speed with other drugs, particularly other stimulants, can increase the risk of adverse reactions.
– Speed is illegal. Possession can result in long prison terms.