ICE / Crystal meth

By  ReachOut     |    Updated: 17th May, 2017    |    2 min read

Ice, or crystal meth, is a very powerful amphetamine, It has a short term effect, and then a comedown period. It’s dangerous to use it regularly, and it can cause problems in your life. There are people you can speak to about problems with ice. 

What is ice/crystal meth?

Ice/crystal meth are street names for crystal methamphetamine – a very powerful amphetamine. It looks a little like sheets of glass or ice and people smoke, snort or inject it. It’s also called meth, crystal, shabu and glass.

What does it do?

Drugs affect people differently. But shortly after taking ice, someone might:

  • Talk more
  • Have more energy and feel good
  • Be restless and constantly pick or poke at things
  • Have hand tremors, be breathing faster, sweat more and have a higher heart rate
  • Be nervous, hostile, anxious or agitated
  • Get amphetamine psychosis, and hallucinate, act weirdly, and be difficult to understand

Later, as the person comes down and the effects of the drug wear off, they might have:

  • Tension
  • Exhaustion
  • Depression or mood swings
  • Violence

Taking crystal meth has some nasty long-term effects as well. They include:

  • Brain damage
  • Dental damage
  • Reduced immunity and malnutrition from not sleeping or eating properly
  • Sleeping problems
  • Can trigger mental health disorders like depression, anxiety and paranoia

Other ice issues

There are other things to be careful of with ice. Things like:

  • You’re more likely to have unsafe sex when you’re under the influence
  • You can get hooked, psychologically and or physically, and experience awful withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking meth
  • It can mess up school, work, family and relationships
  • It’s illegal, and could get you into huge legal trouble
  • It can worsen anxiety, depression and other mental health issues

Getting help

Get help for issues you’re having with crystal meth. A doctor, counsellor or other health worker can help. There’s also the Australian Drug Information Network, which provides comprehensive information about drugs, their effects and where to get help.

Also check the related topics:  

Ecstasy, ICE and other Amphetamines Grog and Other Drugs

Factsheet provided by ReachOut


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