Methamphetamine usually comes in the form of a crystalline white powder that is odorless, bitter-tasting and it dissolves easily in water or alcohol. Other colors of powder have been observed, including brown, yellow grey, orange and even pink. It can also be compressed into pill form. Meth or ICE can be snorted, smoked or injected. Crystal meth comes in clear chunky crystals resembling ice and is most commonly smoked.
When taken, meth and crystal meth (ICE) create a false sense of well-being and energy, and so a person will tend to push his/her body faster and further than it is meant to go. Thus, drug users can experience a severe physical and/or mental breakdown after the effects of the drugs wear off.
Since the continued use of the drug decreases natural feelings of hunger, users can experience extreme weight loss. Negative effects also include disturbed sleep patterns, hyperactivity, nausea, delusions of power, increased aggressiveness and irritability. Other worrying effects include: insomnia, confusion, hallucinations, anxiety, and paranoia. In some cases, use can cause convulsions that lead to death.
This synthetic drug is TOXIC against dopaminergic neurones – it is a nerve poison which literally destroys the brain and has a 90% addiction rate!
Meth/ICE is a drug that is manufactured in all sorts of destitute conditions and can be supplied at a cheaper cost than other drugs; therefore, it is infiltrating many communities around Australia without discrimination. This drug is so highly addictive that users are willing to risk their lives, and give up their livelihoods, for another hit. With adverse effects such as rage, paranoia, and delusions of power, ICE is strongly linked to family violence, king hit deaths, aggravated robberies and self harm. Meth/ICE is out of control and increasing education around how harmful this drug is will hopefully cease the exponential growth we are seeing today.
These are the three common stages of Meth/ICE use:
STAGE 1: The Rush (5-30 min after use)
- Adrenal gland release of epinephrine
- Explosive release of dopamine
- Intensely euphoric
- BP spike, heart rhythm abnormalities
STAGE 2: The High (4-16 hrs)
- “The shoulder”
- Feelings of aggression and heightened intellect
- Paranoia and psychosis can begin
STAGE 3: The Binge (3-15 days)
- Continuation of the high – can lead to extreme psychosis
- Larger doses required to achieve same intensity
- Little or no rush or high felt
- Physical and mental hyperactivity