Other names for speed
Amphetamine, uppers, pep pills.
What is speed?
- Speed is one of the drugs that pep you up.
- It is manufactured in laboratories.
- Speed can be sniffed. It can also be taken orally in tablet form or as a ‘speed bomb’, which is amphetamine powder wrapped in a cigarette paper and swallowed.
Effects of speed
- You feel full of energy. You feel like talking and doing something active, like dancing.
- You notice no hunger or fatigue.
- Your pupils dilate and your muscles tense up.
- Heartbeat and blood pressure increase.
- If you sniff speed, you feel the effects within a couple of minutes.
- If you take it orally, it takes 20 to 60 minutes.
- Effects wear off in 4 to 8 hours.
Risks of speed
What are the risks of speed?
- Speed can make you grind your teeth and seriously damage them.
- Your body can get overheated. That risk increases if you dance for long periods in hot, humid spaces. You can avoid overheating by drinking enough water (two glasses an hour).
- You can’t sleep while you’re on speed.
- The next day, you feel exhausted.
- Speed may damage certain nerves in your brain.
- If you take speed over long periods of time, you will become emaciated.
- Your blood pressure will continue rising.
- You may get depressed and paranoid.
- You can get psychologically addicted to speed.
- Your body develops a tolerance to speed. You then need higher doses to feel the effects.
The following test will help you discover whether you are taking too many risks. Once you’ve answered the questions, you’ll receive the test results, with information about your score. Depending on your score, we’ll make certain recommendations.