Amphetamines, including Crystal Meth

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Other names

Speed, Whizz, Uppers, Amph, Billy, Sulphate, Crystal Meth, Ice, Yaba

What it looks like & how it is taken

Grey, pink or white powder that is snorted, swallowed, smoked, injected or dissolved in a drink
Tablets which are swallowed

The effects

Excitement – the mind races and users feel confident and energetic
Effects last

The health risks

While on the drug, some users become tense and anxious
Leaves users feeling tired and depressed for one or two day and sometimes longer
High doses repeated over a few days may cause panic and hallucinations
Long-term use puts a strain on the heart
Heavy, long-term use can lead to mental illness
Mixing Viagra with amphetamines may increase the risk of heart problems

Legal Status

Class B (but Class A if prepared for injection)


Class B: Possession: 5 years and a fine Supply: 14 years and a fine
Class A: Possession: 7 years and a fine Supply: Life imprisonment and a fine