Drugs Speed Whizz

Drugs Speed Whizz Information

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What’s the score?

Speed is also known as: amphetamine, uppers, sulphate or whizz. Speed’s the street name for amphetamine, a stimulant drug. Although it might come as a pill, speed usually comes as a white-ish powder, usually cut with other things like caffeine, talc, etc. It makes the brain release its ‘feel good’ chemicals dopamine and serotonin and the stress hormone norepinephrine.

Taking speed

Speed can be snorted through a straw or rolled up bank note, put on the tongue, rubbed on the gums, mixed in a drink or wrapped in cigarette paper then swallowed. Sometimes it’s smoked from a pipe or foil – or mixed with water then injected. Effects last 3-6 hours.

Highs and lows

Speed can lower your inhibitions, raise your mood, making you feel energetic, confident, alert, talkative and sociable. It can allow you to go without sleep or food. Fast heartbeat, sweating, teeth grinding, jaw clenching and being unable to sleep are common. After using it you can feel depressed, anxious and tired.

Sex on speed

Speed often causes problems getting erections. It can make the dick feel less sensitive and make it harder to come. This can lead to longer, rougher fucking sessions and sore or bleeding dicks and arses, with a greater risk of HIV, hepatitis C and other STIs being passed on.

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A long term relationship?

You can become dependent on the drug, with larger doses needed to get the same effect and withdrawal symptoms if you stop (exhaustion, not being able to sleep, depression and feeling irritable). Around 30 speed-related deaths happen in the UK each year and long term use can damage the heart, liver, kidneys and lungs, causing aggression and ‘speed psychosis’ (which can include violent behaviour, paranoia and hallucinations).

Speed with other drugs

  • HIV drugs – protease inhibitors can cause a big rise in the amount of speed in the body, leading to overdose.
  • Cocainecrystal methEcstasypoppers – mixing these drugs with speed risks a dangerous strain on the heart.
  • Anti-depressants – taking speed when on these drugs can cause a life-threatening rise in blood pressure.
  • Alcohol – speed masks the effects of booze, leading people to drink more without realising how drunk/over the limit they are.
  • Viagra-type drugs  - speed causes loss of erections, but taking Viagra etc. puts even more stress on the heart.

Useful to know

Swallowing the drug wrapped in a cigarette paper (a speed bomb) or mixing it with water is less harmful than snorting (which can damage the nose). When snorting there’s less damage to the nose if the powder’s fine, if you alternate nostrils and rinse them out after. Injecting is best avoided as this is more likely to lead to addiction. Also, speed deaths are linked to taking the drug this way, and it can cause skin abscesses, damaged veins, blood poisoning and heart infections. Sharing injecting equipment can pass on HIV and hepatitis B and C. Speed should be avoided by people with high blood pressure or heart conditions.

The law

Speed is a Class B drug. Possession can mean up to 5 years in prison and/or unlimited fine. Intending to supply (including giving it to mates) can mean up to 14 years in prison and/or unlimited fine.  If prepared for injecting speed is a Class A drug. Possession can mean up to 7 years in prison and/or unlimited fine. Intending to supply (including giving it to mates) can mean up to life in prison and/or unlimited fine.

Read our page on Drugs and the police for advice if you’re arrested.