Ice is a stimulant drug, which means it speeds up the messages travelling between the brain and the body. It is a type of methamphetamine, which is generally stronger, more addictive and has more harmful side effects than the powder form known as speed.
Ice usually comes as a white or brownish crystal-like powder, with a strong smell and bitter taste. It can also come in the form of sheets of clear crystals.
Crystal meth, shabu, crystal, glass, shard.
How is it used?
Ice is generally smoked or injected and the effects can be felt immediately. It can also be swallowed or snorted − the effects take around 30 minutes to feel if it’s used in this way.
There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries some risk. It's important to be careful when taking any type of drug.
The effects of ice can last around 6 hours, but it might be hard to sleep for a few days after using the drug.
Ice affects everyone differently, but effects may include:
The following effects may be experienced 4 to 6 days following use:
Long term effects
With regular use, ice may eventually cause:
Mixing ice with other drugs
The effects of taking ice with other drugs − including over-the-counter or prescribed medications − can be unpredictable and dangerous, and could cause:
Ice + speed or ecstasy: enormous strain on the heart and other parts of the body, which can lead to stroke.
Ice + alcohol, cannabis or benzodiazepines: enormous strain on the body, and more likely to overdose.
Giving up ice after using it for a long time is challenging because the body has to get used to functioning without it. Withdrawal symptoms should settle down after a week and will mostly disappear after a month. Symptoms include:
Reducing the risks
Last updated: 29 November 2013
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