Ice or Methamphetamine is part of the amphetamine family of drugs - similar to speed but much stronger and often more addictive. Ice looks like shards of crystal and can often have different colours through it.
ALSO KNOWN AS
Crystal meth, meth, P, shabu, tina, glass and crank.
THE EFFECTS + THE RISKS
Ice and other forms of illegal methamphetamine are man-made drugs. You can swallow, snort, smoke or inject methamphetamine. Like most drugs, swallowing is the safest way to take ice and injecting it is the most dangerous. Smoking it gives you a powerful high similar to crack cocaine but much longer lasting - between 4 and 12 hours. Some people smoke ice using a glass pipe, while others heat it on tin foil and inhale the smoke. This is called ‘chasing’.
While on ice you can feel alert, full of energy and like you can do or say anything. Your heart races, you become really talkative (but a lot of the time not make much sense) and feel fidgety and full of nervous energy. Taking ice also means not sleeping or eating for long periods of time, which can have really negative effects on your physical and emotional wellbeing.
Some people can also become violent while taking ice. It’s not uncommon for people to get into fights while on it. There’s also a danger of psychosis, which is a serious mental state where you lose touch with what’s going on around you. It can make you feel completely out of control and have no idea what you’re doing for long periods of time. Regular ice users can often have sores and scabs on their skin, from obsessively picking at themselves while high on the drug.
When coming down or withdrawing from ice, users will often be left feeling depressed, empty and alone. Sweating and violent mood swings are also common for days (and sometimes weeks) after use. If you need support with withdrawal YSAS can offer you home-based withdrawal or you can stay at a withdrawal unit. If you just need a safe place to recover you can also visit one of our day programs.
Methamphetamine is illegal and if you’re caught with it you will most likely be charged.
HELP FOR ICE
If you’re worried you might have a problem with ice, give us a call on our 24 hour free and confidential YoDAA Line: 1800 458 685