AKA: WHIZZ, SULPH, PASTE, BILLY, BASE, AMPHETAMINE SULPHATE, AMPHETAMINE.
What is Speed?
Speed is the street name for the Class B drug amphetamine sulphate. Sometimes speed is used to refer to other types of amphetamines.
Speed is a stimulant and people take ‘speed’ to keep them awake, energised and alert.
What does speed look like?
Speed is usually an off-white or pinkish powder and can sometimes look like small crystals. The ‘base’ form of speed is usually purer and is a pinkish-grey colour and feels like putty.
How do people take speed?
Speed is either dabbed onto the gums, or is snorted in lines (like cocaine powder). Sometimes it’s rolled up in a cigarette paper and swallowed, this is called ‘bombing’. It can also be injected or mixed into drinks.
The effects of speed kick in within half an hour of swallowing. If you snort or inject speed it will kick in quicker – the effects can last for up to six hours.
Injecting speed, and sharing injecting equipment, runs the risk of the injector catching or spreading a virus such as HIV or hepatitis C. There is also the risk that veins may be damaged and that an abscess or a blood clot will develop.
What are the effects of speed?
Speed makes users feel very up, alert and energised, but can also make them agitated and aggressive. It can also have other effects:
What are the risks?
How pure is speed?
It’s not unusual for drugs to have things added to them to increase the weight and the dealer’s profits. Speed can be cut with other cheaper amphetamines, caffeine, ephedrine, sugars (like glucose), starch powder, laxatives, talcum powder, paracetamol and other drugs with some similar effects.
Some impurities can be added by mistake, as impurities can be formed during the manufacturing process for speed.
Speed is usually a very impure street drug – most of the powder in a wrap only contains 5-15% amphetamine sulphate. Base speed is usually somewhat purer.
Can you get addicted to speed?
Speed is an addictive drug – the more you take, the more you tend to want to take. If you take a lot on a regular basis you build a tolerance to the drug so that you need higher doses just to get the same buzz or just to feel ‘normal’; this increases the risks associated with speed.
With regular use, you may increasingly take speed to avoid unpleasant withdrawals.
Is speed illegal?
What if you’re caught?
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