Speed

Also Called: 
Amphetamine, fet, powder, white, whizz, fettle, throttle, base

What is Speed?

Speed is the street name for amphetamine. Amphetamine is a man-made stimulant that people take because it gives them the energy to do things for hours without getting tired.

Speed either comes in pills or as a white, grey, yellowish or pinkish powder. “Base” is purer and can be a pinkish-gray colour that feels like putty. Speed can be swallowed, dabbed onto gums, or snorted in lines, but it can also be mixed into drinks, injected, or rolled into cigarette paper and swallowed. This is called a “speedbomb.”

People use speed to feel more energetic and excited. But once you come down, you’ll likely feel tired and depressed. All forms of speed are addictive. And misuse of these chemicals also strains your heart—users occasionally die from overdose. 

Effects of Speed

Speed kicks in within half an hour of swallowing. If you snort or inject speed it will work faster. In both cases, the effects can last for up to six hours.

In that time you’ll find that you have a lot of energy. You’ll feel wide-awake and chatty. Some people take it when they go out, so that they dance for hours without stopping. You may have so much energy that it makes you uncomfortable—you may feel overheated, find you are grinding your teeth, and have a headache. It may also make you feel overactive or agitated. You may become psychotic, which means that you’ll lose touch with reality and feel paranoid and anxious.

When you come down, it’ll be long and slow. You’ll feel irritable, tired and depressed. 

Problems Taking Speed

With speed, the more you take, the more you want to take. And the more you build up your tolerance, the higher doses you’ll need just to feel normal.

Speed is hard on your body and your mind. If you are taking speed regularly, you’ll be more likely to have attention and memory issues, decreased emotional control, paranoid delusions, hallucinations, mood swings and depression. You’ll also find that you’ll get a lot more colds, flus and sore throats.

Speed puts a strain on your heart. People with high blood pressure or a heart condition are in danger of dying of an overdose. Mixing speed with anti-depressants, alcohol or other drugs has been known to kill.

Injecting speed is very dangerous. It’s easy to overdose, and with the impurities in speed, you never know what you are putting into your veins.Injecting can also cause damage to veins and arteries, and may cause ulcers and gangrene. Sharing needles or other injecting equipment also means that you are more likely get diseases like hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. 

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