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Street names include: Ice, P, Meth, Speed, Go Fast and Pure

Methamphetamine is a class A drug

Methamphetamine is a powerfully addictive synthetic stimulant. It was developed from its parent drug amphetamine with the base compound being derived from Pseudoephedrine.

In New Zealand it is usually available in either pill, crystal or powder form.

How's it work?

Meth works by stimulating the release of Dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin. The ability of Meth to stimulate and limit the re-uptake of Dopamine in the brain is the reason for the high

How's it made?

Methamphetamine is made from ingredients readily available over the counter. The process involves the use of these chemicals to change the base compound Ephedrine or Pseudoephedrine into the active drug.

Things to be aware of

Like all homemade drugs you never really know exactly what chemicals you are putting into your body, So less is better if unsure. 

If you inject remember a clean fit every hit.

Sharing injecting equipment is still the most effective way to transmit HIV and Hepatitis C
If you are snorting then be aware that the nasal membrane is thin and can bleed easily. If it does remember blood to blood contact with anyone  is a potential risk.

Potential risks

Methamphetamine affects the central nervous system which is responsible for controlling movement, heart rate, breathing and body temperature.
You could experience mood disturbance, aggression, panic attacks, convulsions,  dizziness, loss of appetite .

Long-term effects

Kidney damage, paranoia, brain damage, psychosis, Liver damage, deficient immune system.

Can I overdose on Methamphetamine?

Yes, Methamphetamine intoxication can occur when the body is presented with an overwhelming amount of the drug. The  amount needed varies according to tolerance and the characteristics of each  batch.


A toxic dose does not necessarily give the  user any immediate signs that they are in   trouble. If you experience or witness a sudden onset
of psychological deterioration, uncontrollable rapid heartbeat and  profuse sweating get some help. Dont wait, overdoses that result in death are sudden and unexpected


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