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What is methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is a stimulant, one of the amphetamine group of drugs manufactured from readily available chemicals. Stimulants speed up the function of the brain and nervous system.

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Methamphetamine
Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine

(C10H15N)

Sometimes, doctors prescribe amphetamine drugs to treat some health problems. But mostly, people use amphetamine that is made illegally. Most of these drugs currently sold on the street in Australia are methamphetamine or variants of this molecule which are stronger than prescribed amphetamines.

Physical effects can include

  • jaw clenching and teeth grinding
  • getting headaches
  • feeling dizzy
  • feeling restless

Effects depend on...

What effect methamphetamine has on you depends on how much you take and how pure it is, your height and weight, your general health, your mood, your past experience with speed, and whether you use methamphetamine on its own or with other drugs.

  • heart beating faster (palpitation)
  • pupils in your eyes getting bigger
  • sweating a lot
  • moving more quickly
  • finding it hard to sleep

How methamphetamine affects your body

Tap a body part to learn more of the effects methamphetamine places on your body.

Psychological effects can include

  • feeling very good and confident
  • feeling alert and energetic
  • being excited or agitated
  • feeling anxious or panicky
  • talking a lot
  • feeling sexually aroused
  • taking more risks than usual
  • becoming hostile or aggressive
  • develop psychosis
  • making the symptoms of an existing mental health disorder worse

General information

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  • Whether you are having issues with alcohol or other drugs, are concerned about someone else’s alcohol or other drug use, or just have general questions about alcohol or other drugs, you can call ADIS any time of the day or week for support, information, counselling and referral to services in NSW.

    24 hour support line

    1800 250 015

    More about Alcohol Drug Information Service (ADIS) NSW
  • Your Service Hub is an online directory of health and welfare services.

    You can use Your Service Hub to find alcohol and other drug services if you need support for your own or someone else's substance use. Use specific search terms like 'family', 'Aboriginal' and 'drug counselling' to narrow your search down.

    Not sure what service you need? Call the Alcohol and Drug Information Service on 1800 250 015.

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  • Stimulant Treatment Line (STL)

    ​​ You can call this helpline any time if you have questions or need help about psychostimulants (amphetamines, methamphetamines, cocaine, and ecstasy) use. STL operates a 24 hour, 7 day a week phone line offering advice, support, referral, and counsellling for people concerned about stimulants.

     This is a line for people who have concerns about psychostimulants (crystal, ice, coke, MDMA, etc) use. STL operates 24 hours, 7days a week, offering education, information, support, referral, and counselling for people concerned about stimulants, STL can also refer people to treatment services that specialise in psychostimulants.

     STL was established when it was recognized that there was an increasing and problematic use of methamphetamines like crystal or ice in the community. It was also recognized that many people who used these types of drugs were hesitant in approaching traditional alcohol and other drug services.

     The STL can provide brief intervention to callers and may also provide referral to other, non-specialist alcohol and other drug sevices, including the Stimulant Treatment Program (STP). STP provides itensive counselling and other interventions, including medication, for those people who are wanting help to cutdown or stop their psychostimulant use.

    24 hour support line

    1800 10 11 88

    More about Stimulant Treatment Line (STL)
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