RELATED TERMS: YABA, TINA AND CHRISTINE, METH, ICE, GLASS, CRYSTAL METH, CRANK.
What is Methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine is part of the amphetamine family of stimulant drugs. Different amphetamines differ in how powerful they are and how they are considered under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
- The key effects and risks of methamphetamine include:
- Feeling very up, exhilarated, alert and awake.
- Feeling agitated, paranoid, confused and aggressive.
- There’s evidence that long-term methamphetamine use can cause brain damage, although this gradually gets better if the user stays off the drug for a long time.
The crystal form of methamphetamine, sometimes called Crystal Meth or Ice, is extremely powerful and addictive. Some compare it to ‘crack cocaine’ as both are smoked and give an intense, powerful ‘high’ followed by a very severe ‘comedown’, and both are very addictive.
What does methamphetamine look like?
It can come in several different forms – including tablets, powder, or crystals. The tablets are sometimes referred to as Yaba and the smokeable crystals are often called Crystal Meth or Ice.