Ice

Ice

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    Crystal methamphetamine (‘ice’) is a stimulant drug which means it speeds up the messages travelling between the brain and the body. It’s stronger, more addictive and therefore has more harmful side effects than the powder form of methamphetamine known as speed. Ice usually comes as small chunky clear crystals that look like ice. It can also come as white or brownish crystal-like powder with a strong smell and bitter taste.

  • Common Names

    Crystal Meth

    Shabu

    Crystal

    Glass

    Shard

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    How is it used?

    Ice is generally smoked (feel the effect almost immediately) or injected (15 to 30 seconds to feel the effects). It is sometimes swallowed (15 to 20 minutes to feel the effects) or snorted (3 to 5 minutes to feel the effects).

Side Effects of Ice

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    Ice affects everyone differently, based on:

    • Size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken & its strength 

    The effects of ice can last for up to 12 hours but it might be hard to sleep for a few days after using the drug.

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    Ice affects everyone differently, based on:

    • Size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken & its strength 

    The effects of ice can last for up to 12 hours but it might be hard to sleep for a few days after using the drug.

  • Common side effects include:

    Feelings of pleasure and confidence

    Increased alertness and energy

    Repeating simple things like itching and scratching

    Enlarged pupils and dry mouth

    Teeth grinding and excessive sweating

    Fast heart rate and breathing

    Reduced appetite

    Increased sex drive

    If injecting drugs there is an increased risk of:

    Tetanus

    Infection

    Vein damage

    If sharing needles there is an increased risk of:

    Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis C

    HIV and AIDS

    Snorting ice can damage the nasal passage and cause nose bleeds.

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    Common side effects include:

    Feelings of pleasure and confidence

    Increased alertness and energy

    Repeating simple things like itching and scratching

    Enlarged pupils and dry mouth

    Teeth grinding and excessive sweating

    Fast heart rate and breathing

    Reduced appetite

    Increased sex drive

    If injecting drugs there is an increased risk of:

    Tetanus

    Infection

    Vein damage

    If sharing needles there is an increased risk of:

    Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis C

    HIV and AIDS

    Snorting ice can damage the nasal passage and cause nose bleeds.

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    Long-term effects:

    Extreme weight loss due to reduced appetite

    Restless sleep

    Dry mouth and dental problems

    Regular colds or flu

    Trouble concentrating

    Breathlessness

    Muscle stiffness
    Anxiety, paranoia and violence

    Depression

    Heart and kidney problems

    Increased risk of stroke

    Needing to use more to get the same effect

    Dependence on ice

    Financial, work or social problems

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    Long-term effects:

    Extreme weight loss due to reduced appetite

    Restless sleep

    Dry mouth and dental problems

    Regular colds or flu

    Trouble concentrating

    Breathlessness

    Muscle stiffness
    Anxiety, paranoia and violence

    Depression

    Heart and kidney problems

    Increased risk of stroke

    Needing to use more to get the same effect

    Dependence on ice

    Financial, work or social problems

Ice Overdose

Mixing Ice with other drugs

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    Ice + Speed or Ecstasy

     

    Causes enormous strain on the heart and other parts of the body, which can lead to stroke.

  • Ice + Alcohol, Cannabis or Benzodiazepines

     

    Causes enormous strain on the body, and more likely to overdose. The stimulant effects of ice may mask the effects of depressant drugs like benzodiazepines and can increase the risk of overdose.

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The effects of taking Ice with other drugs including over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be unpredictable and dangerous.