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Methamphetamines : Speed, Crystal…

No matter why you came to this page, either you decided to buy methamphetamine or to use some of the products listed on our website, maybe it’s just curiosity to learn or you are worrying about one of your relatives, we will give you answers and leads about harm prevention in order to limit aggravating factors associated with methamphetamine use.

Methamphetamine (meth) is a powerful stimulant drug. It can be made into white pills to swallow, powder to snort or swallow, or crystals to inhale.

The amphetamines group is very diverse, and the different by-products have different effects. Speed is amphetamine cut with other products (caffeine, lactose, paracetamol…).

Crystal methamphetamine is a crystallized meth by-product, also known as “ice.” It is made into white or yellow crystals, or crystalline powder. It can be smoked. Under the form of pills, it is called “yaba.”

Effects

Speed is a stimulant. It takes away any feeling of fatigue, hunger, thirst and makes you feel invincible. Taken orally, the effects can be felt after half an hour, less when taken nasally. The effects last for several hours.

The effects of crystal meth are more violent and can be felt a few seconds after smoking: euphoria (“rush”), feeling of physical and psychological powerfulness, strong sexual urges can be felt shortly after use. The effects last about ten hours.

Harm

During a party, methamphetamine users feel a compelling need to repeat intakes at shorter intervals (the “run”) to feel and renew the desired effects.
The main consequences that can be felt from the first dose are jaw clenching, hypertension, dehydration risks and even hyperthermia. The comedown can be particularly long and hard, associated with great fatigue and even panic or paranoia attacks.

WARNING

The risks are the same for all those products but are highly magnified for crystal meth.

Other side effects include

heart disturbances (palpitations, myocardial infarction), behavioural disorder (teeth gnashing, obsessive hair arranging…)

high level of aggressiveness, psychiatric disorders (anxiety, panic attacks, violent behaviour, delirium, paranoia, hallucinations) and psychological and physical exhaustion which can lead to depression

chronic impotence, linked to loss of sexual desire. Methamphetamines rapidly cause extreme psychological dependence: withdrawal becomes extremely difficult. Isolation and desocialization can set in.

Doing methamphetamine often leads to taking other drugs

to counter the weakening of the effects (mixing with cocaine, ecstasy, cannabis, alcohol…)

to reduce side effects like insomnia or depression (mixing with medicine) or impotence (mixing with Viagra®).

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IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY
• In any case call or have somebody call 112 or 15 (in France)
• if the person is conscious :
- keep him/her awake by talking to her.
• if the person is uncounscious : undo his/her tight clothes, check if he/she’s breathing and put him/her in recovery position
• stay with him/her until emergency services arrive and inquire about the location of a defibrillator