SPEED

RELATED TERMS: 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.

Other key effects and risks of taking speed are:

  • Feeling ‘up’, excited and chatty.
  • People take it because it gives them the energy to do things for hours without getting tired, things like dancing, talking, and going out.
  • It can make people overactive, agitated or even acutely psychotic (this is a mental state when you see or hear things which aren’t there and have delusions).
  • The high is generally followed by a long slow comedown, making you feel really irritable and depressed.
  • Speed puts a strain on your heart and can cause heart problems – some people have died from taking too much speed.

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.