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‘Speed’ is the street name for a range of amphetamines such as amphetamine sulphate, dexedrine and dexamphetamine. Like cocaine, amphetamines are stimulants that people take to keep them awake and alert. The effects of amphetamine kicks in within half a hour of ingesting it by mouth. If you inject it you’ll experience the effects quicker and these effects can last for up to six hours. The high is generally followed by a long slow comedown.
Street names for drugs can vary around the country. Phet, Billy, Whizz, Sulph, Base, Paste, Dexies.
You can get strongly addicted to amphetamines. The more times you take it, the more you’ll need to get the same buzz.
Speed is usually sold in wraps. The powder is off-white or pinkish and can sometimes look like small crystals. The ‘base’ form of speed is purer and is a pinkish-grey color and feels like putty.
‘Crystal meth’ (methylamphetamine or methamphetamine) is a particularly powerful, addictive and dangerous form of speed that comes in a crystalline form.
Prescription amphetamines like dexamphetamine are usually small white pills. They are used to treat conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Speed is either dabbed onto the gums or is snorted in lines like cocaine using a rolled up bank note. Sometimes it's rolled up in cigarette paper and swallowed, called a speedbomb. It can also be mixed in drinks.
To obtain rapid high blood levels in heavy users it can also be injected or in the case of ‘crystal meth’ smoked in its 'Ice' form.
Speed typically is not a pure drug – most of the powder only contains 5-15% amphetamine. Base speed is usually substantially purer.
Speed’s often taken along with ecstasy.
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