What is methamphetamine?
buy Methamphetamine online is a potent synthetic stimulant
drug that is manufactured in clandestine laboratoriesfrom chemicals, including those used in cold and flu
medications (e.g. pseudoephedrine). Methamphetamine is made in Australia and imported from other countries.
Methamphetamine is part of a larger family of drugs known as
Amphetamine-Type Stimulants (ATS), which also includes amphetamine and ecstasy. Amphetamine was common in Australia until the late
1990s when it was supplanted by methamphetamine. In Australia buy Methamphetamine online is sold on the street under various names, including
‘meth’, ‘ice’, ‘crystal’, ‘shard’, ‘speed’, ‘tina’, ‘base’, ‘fire’ and ‘skates’. Highly purified methamphetamine can have a translucent
crystalline appearance, hence the street names ‘crystal’ and ‘ice’. Methamphetamine can also be sold as a powder (often called‘speed’)
or, less often, as a damp oily substance (called ‘base’) or liquid. Methamphetamine, particularly the crystalline form of the drug, is
usually sold in points (approximately 0.1 grams). The powder form of the drug is also sold in larger quantities
(half-grams, grams). The powder form of methamphetamine is typically diluted with adulterants (usually glucose
or sucrose), resulting in a lower purity. The crystalline form of the drug is usually not ‘cut’ with adulterants but it
may still contain impurities from the manufacturing process.
The crystalline form of methamphetamine is usually smoked but it can also be injected. The powder form of the drug
is usually injected, snorted or swallowed, while the damp or oily form (‘base’) is usually either swallowed or injected.
How many people use methamphetamine?
Australia has one of the highest recorded rates of methamphetamine use globally.
According to the 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey, 2.3% of Australians aged 14 or older
currently use methamphetamine. Use is most common amongst young adults, with 5.8% of 20 to 29 year olds
reporting past year use in 2013. Half of these people use crystalline methamphetamine.
Although the number of people who use methamphetamine has remained stable over the past decade, the
number of people who report the use of crystalline methamphetamine has substantially increased.
NDARC’s Illicit Drug Reporting System found that crystal methamphetamine use by people who inject drugs
(PWID) has increased by 34 per cent since 2010, climbing six per cent each year for the past three years.
There has also been an increase in the number of people using methamphetamine weekly or more often, and
the number of people estimated to be dependent on methamphetamine.
Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug which increases arousal, alertness and produces
a sense of euphoria. The effects come on rapidly (within minutes) if smoked or injected. Snorting or swallowing produces a less intense high that can take up to half-an-hour to occur. The high from the drug is most intense for the first 1-2 hours, with the stimulant effects persisting for 6-12 hours. The drug takes 2-3 days to leave the body.