Ice, or crystal meth, is a very powerful amphetamine, It has a short term effect, and then a comedown period. It's dangerous to use it regularly, and it can cause problems in your life. There are people you can speak to about problems with ice.

This could be for you if:

  • You want info about ice
  • You use ice, or know someone who does
  • You want to know how to get help for problems with crystal meth
  • You're thinking of taking ice

What is ice/crystal meth?

Ice/crystal meth are street names for crystal methamphetamine - a very powerful amphetamine. It looks a little like sheets of glass or ice and people smoke, snort or inject it. It's also called meth, crystal, shabu and glass.

What does it do?

Drugs affect people differently. But shortly after taking ice, someone might:

  • Talk more
  • Have more energy and feel good
  • Be restless and constantly pick or poke at things
  • Have hand tremors, be breathing faster, sweat more and have a higher heart rate
  • Be nervous, hostile, anxious or agitated
  • Get amphetamine psychosis, and hallucinate, act weirdly, and be difficult to understand

Later, as the person comes down and the effects of the drug wear off, they might have:

  • Tension
  • Exhaustion
  • Depression or mood swings
  • Violence

Taking crystal meth has some nasty long-term effects as well. They include:

  • Brain damage
  • Dental damage
  • Reduced immunity and malnutrition from not sleeping or eating properly
  • Sleeping problems
  • Can trigger mental health disorders like depression, anxiety and paranoia

Other ice issues

There are other things to be careful of with ice. Things like:

  • You're more likely to have unsafe sex when you’re under the influence
  • You can get hooked, psychologically and or physically, and experience awful withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking meth
  • It can mess up school, work, family and relationships
  • It's illegal, and could get you into huge legal trouble
  • It can worsen anxiety, depression and other mental health issues

Getting help

Get help for issues you're having with crystal meth. A doctor, counsellor or other health worker can help. There's also the Australian Drug Information Network, which provides comprehensive information about drugs, their effects and where to get help.

What can I do now?

  • In an emergency, call 000.
  • Don’t be pressured by friends into doing drugs.
  • Don’t mix with other drugs or alcohol.
Last reviewed: 27 April, 2016
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  • Ben-RO    (373 days ago)

    Hey Jesseman, Make a post on our forums and lets get this conversation started!

  • Jesseman    (374 days ago)

    Hey Ben-RO, my name is Jesse, my mother has had a meth addiction for about 5-6 years. My sister and I do not see here any more. We have been through a lot and have both dealt with our pain in our own way. Anyway I really want to help people and families in the community. I feel as if there isn't enough education or lack of support in our community when it comes to meth use and addiction. Only those who are directly involved in it know the heart ache and struggles that come with it. If there is a way we could chat more in depth I would love to. Cheers Ben :)

  • Ben-RO    (388 days ago)

    Hey Riddle Red! I love your poem and I think it's awesome that you've decided to get Crystal out of your life. I am wondering what kind of support you have to do this? It's always easier with some backup! There are some pretty awesome addiction services out there that can help you understand what's happening as you work through getting Crystal out of your system and to help you keep her out once she's gone so you can go chase that awesome dream of yours :). You can find support to do that here Let me know if you need a bit more help :) Oh and if you want to talk more head over to It's anonymous and we'd love to talk to you!

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