Speed is the street name for a group of drugs called amphetamines, which include amphetamine sulphate, Dexedrine, and dexamphetamine. It usually comes in a white powder or tablet form, and can be swallowed, snorted, smoked, or injected

ALSO KNOWN AS

Whippa, whiz, dexies and base. 

THE EFFECTS + THE RISKS

Speed and other forms of amphetamine are man-made. They can give you the feeling of being charged and awake. You might feel like everything is rushing and you’re talking at a mile a minute. Your heart rate jumps up and so does your body temperature. You might feel like you’re getting a lot done and really kicking goals. You may also feel a lot of tension in your jaw and feel twitchy or jumpy when you're high on speed.

Speed can also make you feel paranoid and strange, like everyone is watching you or out to get you. The comedown from speed isn’t great either. Users can feel depressed, moody and tired for days afterwards. Taking amphetamines recreationally can lead to fights with loved ones, aggressive behaviour and a lack of motivation to go to school or work. Long-term misuse often leads to mental and physical problems.

You might feel like everything is rushing and you’re talking at a mile a minute.

Injecting is the most dangerous way to take speed, as it can damage your veins and arteries, which can then lead to infection. Also the risks of sharing needles are huge, as it makes you susceptible to blood borne viruses (BBVs) such as hepatitis or HIV/AIDS. To reduce the risks if you are going to inject, make sure you have your own sterile syringe, sterile water, swabs, clean spoons, filters and tourniquets (strap). The likelihood of an overdose is also higher when you inject, as you’re getting more of the drug into your system, with less chance of it getting broken down or filtered. 

THE LAW

In Australia it’s illegal to have speed on you, sell it or drive while you’re on it. 

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