Methamphetamines, also known as “crystal meth”, is part of the amphetamine family of stimulant drugs. It is a commonly used drug on the scene in the US and UK and is ever increasing in Ireland. Usually crystal meth is smoked in glass pipes in a similar way to crack cocaine. It can be injected; and some people snort or swallow it.
Crystal meth is highly addictive. Some of the effects people experience when using include euphoria, increased energy, alertness, happiness and increased sex drive. The effects may last as long as 12 hours. For these reasons Crystal Meth is being used more frequently on the chemsex scene.
If you’re under the influence of K you could be vulnerable to others who may take advantage of you sexually.
You might feel confused, agitated or experience panic attacks which could make you vulnerable in an unfamiliar environment.
Injecting, ‘shooting-up’ or ‘slamming’ crystal meth can lead to inflamed / collapsed veins, track lines, skin infections and infections of the heart which can lead to heart attacks. (See our safer injecting guide)
Sharing needles can heighten the chances of getting or transmitting infectious diseases such as HIV & Hepatitis C.
Increased blood pressure, body temperature and heart rate which could all lead to heart attacks.
Addiction. Once people start using crystal meth they find it difficult to stop.
Withdrawal symptoms such as depression, which can also lead to difficulty in finding pleasure in anything other than using drugs.
“Meth Mouth”, where teeth rapidly decay and fall out.
Drug-related psychosis which can last for months or years after you’ve stopped using