• Speed (amphetamine or methamphetamine) is a stimulant drug.

  • 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 dose reaches the brain almost immediately, increasing the possibility of overdose.

  • Impurities are introduced directly into the bloodstream and can cause septicemia and other infections.

  • Repeated injections damage the veins, leading to thrombosis and abscesses.

  • Sharing syringes can cause hepatitis and HIV, the virus that can cause AIDS.




  • The 'comedown' off speed can make you feel tired, lethargic and depressed. This may tempt users to take more, and can lead to dependency.

  • Speed users 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

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