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Methamphetamine

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  • base
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  • eye openers
  • glass
  • go-ee
  • ice
  • meth
  • oxblood
  • paste
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  • ritalin
  • shabu
  • speed
  • tweak
  • uppers
  • wax
  • whiz
  • zest
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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

Is methamphetamine a problem for you?

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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
  • NSW Health in collaboration with the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) and local agencies has a suite of resources including videos, factsheets and free interactive online education modules to help you and your community learn more about crystal methamphetamine or ice and its effect on individuals and communities.

    These resources also explain where you can get help if you or someone you know has an ice problem or you want to support someone struggling with dependence.

    On this page:

    Online learning

    This interactive tool will help you learn more about ice, its history, the effects and how to access support services, with audio and video animation.

    Module 1 – Ice and its impacts
    Explore the effects of ice on the body and brain.
    Module 1 Ice and its impact
    Start module 1

    Module 2 – Getting support
    How to get support for you or a loved one who is struggling with ice use.
    Module 2 Getting support
    Start module 2

    Module 3 – What communities can do
    Find out the best way to help your community.
    Module 3 What communities can do
    Start module 3

    Module 4 – Reducing stigma
    Learn how stigma affects the user and loved ones. See the person, not the drug.
    Module 4 Reducing stigma
    Start module 4

    Messages from people affected by ice

    Breaking the ice in our community
    Hear from an ex-user, clinicians, harm minimisation specialists and families on the impact of ice on their communities and life after ice.

     

    Jay Morris’s story
    Ex ice user Jay talks about his experience of overcoming a dependence on ice. Watch to hear from Jay about when he realised using ice became a problem, the moment he knew he needed help and his message to people using ice.

     

    Debbie Warner’s story
    Mother of ex-ice user, Debbie talks about her experience of dealing with the stigma of ice and how she found support. Hear her message for families struggling with drug dependence.

     

    Dr Suzie Hudson’s Story
    Hear from Clinical Director Dr Suzie Hudson on what ice is, how it is used, the support available and her experience of working with the people using ice. Hear her message to communities.

     

    Where to get support

    • Call the National Alcohol and Other Drugs Hotline on 1800 250 015 for free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drugs 24 hours, 7 days a week.
    • Call the Stimulant Treatment Line (STL) on 02 9361 8088 Sydney Metro or Free call* on 1800 10 11 88 Regional & rural NSW for concerns about psychostimulants (crystal, ice, coke, MDMA, etc) use. 24 hours, 7 days a week. (*Free call numbers are not free from mobile phones.)
    • Call Family Drug Support (FDS) on 1300 368 186 or www.fds.org.au. for caring, non-religious and non-judgemental support and assistance throughout Australia.

    What should I do in an emergency?

    If you can’t wake someone up or you are concerned that they may have sustained a head injury from a drug related fall – call an ambulance immediately – dial Triple Zero (000).

    If the person has been mixing methamphetamines with other drugs, tell the NSW Ambulance paramedic exactly what they have taken. Paramedics are there to help. Generally paramedics don’t involve the police unless there is danger to themselves or other people/children, someone dies, or a crime (such as violence or theft) has been committed.

    Fact sheets and further information

    For further information on methamphetamine or ice visit the A-Z of Drugs Methamphetamine page and view or download the following resources for individuals and families.

    For the latest data on methamphetamine related emergency department presentations and methamphetamine related hospitalisations please visit NSW Health Stats Drug Misuse explorer page.

    Health service providers can find more information on alcohol and other drugs, including early intervention, strategy, programs and guidelines on the NSW Health website at www.health.nsw.gov.au/aod.

    More about Breaking the Ice
  • Your Service Hub is an online directory of alcohol and other drugs support, health and welfare services. If you need support for your own or someone else's substance use, you should use terms in Find Services like:

    • drug and alcohol family support

    • drug and alcohol Aboriginal services 

    • drug counselling

    • drug and alcohol rehabilitation

    • drug and alcohol residential treatment

    along with your suburb name to narrow the search to services near you.

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

    More about Your Service Hub
  • Stimulant Treatment Line (STL)

    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 services, 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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