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AmphetaminesAlso known as:
Speed, Sulphate, Sulph, Whizz, Billy, Pink Champagne, Dexedrine, Dexies, Methamphetamine, Ice
Usually sold in small rectangular paper wraps, street amphetamine is a white, off white or yellow powder, Dexedrine tablets are small and white or yellow.
Methamphetamine comes in the form of crystals, usually white or clear. Occasionally one might come across 'base', which is a purer form of amphetamine and looks like a grey putty.
Class B unless prepared for injection - [class A].
Street speed is of very poor quality (between five and ten per cent purity). Base is much more potent and can be up to 90 per cent pure.
Methods of use
Amphetamine is usually snorted, but it can be swallowed, dabbed on to the gums or injected. Methamphetamine is usually smoked. Base may be dissolved in cold water and injected.
Amphetamines are stimulants and increase heart rate and blood pressure. Effects usually come on within 15 minutes and much quicker if the user is injecting. The user experiences increased alertness and becomes talkative, apparently more confident and has increased energy levels.
They reduce the desire to eat and sleep and one of the effects can be a tightness in the jaw which causes some users to grind their teeth and chew constantly. Over-use can lead to increased susceptibility to paranoia, anxiety, panic attacks and irritability.
The effects of a single dose can last for between three and four hours and may leave the user feeling tired. It may take a couple of days to feel normal again.
Amphetamines only help the body to access energy reserves and do not obviate the need for sleep. Hence the come down can be a bad experience with the user prone to achiness, hunger, depression and loss of self esteem.
The best option for recuperation is sleeping and eating. Overuse will also cause weight loss.