Amphetamines - a heads up
Most commonly known as speed, amphetamines can give you a high, a bad comedown or even an overdose, so it's good to get a heads up on what it's about
Amphetamines are stimulant drugs –that means they kind of make you feel charged up. Sometimes they are called speed, fast, up, uppers, or whiz. Speed is the most common term for amphetamines but even some legal medications such as Ritalin are also amphetamines.
Amphetamines come in heaps of different forms, powder, tablets, capsules or different coloured crystals. Depending on what form it comes in it can be swallowed, dabbed onto gums, injected, smoked, snorted or shafted. People that take amphetamines are usually after effects such as feeling happy, alert and talkative. Amphetamines can also increase your sex drive, reduced appetite and cause sweating, anxiety and paranoia. Amphetamines can also cause a pretty severe comedown.
If you overdose on amphetamines, you might experience psychosis, have seizures, difficulty breathing, or very high fever. An ambulance should always be called if anything like this happens to you or anyone else.
If you use amphetamines then if nothing else, make sure you read these tips about being as safe as possible.
- Take regular breaks from using
- If injecting, use safe injecting practices
- Drink water
- Plan for the comedown
- Have ‘safe’ people to call in case of feelings of paranoia or panic
- Call an ambulance if an overdose is suspected
Want more? This info is the bare minimum to give you the heads up. We recommend the ADF for heaps more info.