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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  • Myvo    (720 days ago)

    Hey Slainte,
    Ice does cause some fairly detrimental side-effects to an individual. Short-term effects (i.e. paranoia, psychosis, sleeplessness) quickly accumulate into long-term effects (i.e. addiction), which does lead to death. It's quite understandable that you've turned to ice to ease your pain with MS, but I think that weighing out your overall losses and gains from taking it could give you more insight to whether it's worth it.

    Have you spoken to your local GP or another health care professional about how your MS pain has been affecting you? This way, you could work together on finding other ways like finding appropriate prescription medications to ease the pain.

  • Slainte    (722 days ago)

    I have multiple sclerosis, and using ice increases my mobility enormously, it also decreases MS pain to practically nil. Yes, the come downs are bad, and I know that using ice (injecting) will dramatically shorten my life span but I would much rather live for a shorter time without 24\7 intense pain, and with almost 100% mobility, than to suffer a long drawn out painful life\death, who wouldn't?