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Speed - Harm Reduction Guide ๐Ÿ’Š




SPEED


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METHAMPHETAMINE

All information sourced from DanceSafe.org

  1. WHAT IS MDA?
  2. HOW IS MDA USED?
  3. WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF MDA?
  4. WHAT IS THE DOSAGE OF MDA?
  5. HARM REDUCTION TIPS FOR MDA.
  6. IS SPEED ADDICTIVE?
  7. WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF INJECTING?




WHAT IS SPEED?





  • Speed (amphetamine or methamphetamine) is a central nervous stimulant of the phenethylamine family.

  • Amphetamine was first synthesized in 1887, and methamphetamine in 1893.

  • Amphetamines have been used for the treatment of various medical conditions since the 1930s, and were widely used by soldiers in both the Allied and Axis forces during WWII to increase stamina and reduce the need for sleep on the battlefield.







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HOW IS SPEED USED? 





  • Speed can be swallowed, snorted, smoked, or injected.

  • Swallowing is the most common method of using speed. The effects come on gradually and last longer than with other methods.

  • Snorting speed takes effect faster than swallowing but it can damage the nose.










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HOW IS SPEED USED?





  • Smoking speed takes effect immediately and can more easily lead to addiction.

  • Injecting is the method of using speed most likely to lead to medical complications.














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WHAT ARE THE
EFFECTS OF SPEED?





  • Speed produces alertness, confidence and raises levels of energy and stamina.

  • Speed reduces appetite and lessens the desire and ability to sleep.

  • Both long term and infrequent users of speed report increased aggressiveness, paranoia, headache, increased heart rate
    and a rise in body temperature.









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WHAT IS THE
DOSAGE OF SPEED?





EVERY INDIVIDUAL REACTS DIFFERENTLY TO EVERY CHEMICAL, this information is intended
to describe the range of dosages others report using and it should not be construed as a recommendation of any sort. Individuals can respond very differently to the same dosage.

WHAT IS SAFE FOR ONE CAN BE DEADLY FOR ANOTHER.










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WHAT IS THE
DOSAGE OF SPEED?





  • As with all black market drugs, the strength of โ€˜streetโ€™ speed can vary widely.

  • For methamphetamine oral doses range from 5mg to 150mg. Insufflated (snorted), smoked and injected doses all range from 5mg to 50mg.

  • Amphetamine in the United States is almost always seen in pre-made pills ranging from 5mg to 30mg.









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HARM REDUCTION
TIPS FOR SPEED





  • The 'comedown' off speed can make you feel tired, lethargic and depressed. This may tempt users to take more, and can lead to dependency.

  • Speed users are at higher HIV and Hepatitis risk through unsafe sex and needle sharing.

  • Although rare, speed can cause seizures, heart attacks, strokes, and death from overdose.










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HARM REDUCTION
TIPS FOR SPEED





  • Many users become physically run down, which leaves them susceptible to a wide range of illnesses.

  • Extended use of speed can cause psychosis. The user may think that everybody is out to get them, or that they are being followed or watched.












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HARM REDUCTION
TIPS FOR SPEED





  • Mixing Speed with other drugs, particularly other stimulants, can increase the risk of adverse reactions.

  • Speed is illegal. Possession can result in long prison terms.













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IS SPEED ADDICTIVE?





  • Regular use can produce a need to increase the dose to get the same effect, and can lead to physical dependence on the drug.

  • Speed can produce a powerful craving for more of the drug.

  • Long-term use can result in serious mental and physical problems.










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WHAT ARE THE
RISKS OF INJECTING?





  • The dose reaches the brain almost immediately, increasing the possibility of overdose.

  • Impurities are introduced directly into the bloodstream and can cause septicemia and other infections.

  • Repeated injections damage the veins, leading to thrombosis and abscesses.










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WHAT ARE THE
RISKS OF INJECTING?





  • Sharing syringes can cause hepatitis and HIV, the virus that can cause AIDS.

  • Clean needles are available from needle exchange programs.














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