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Speed

A powerful stimulant that keeps people alert, usually sold as an off-white or pinkish powder – that sometimes look like small crystals

Also called:

  • Amphetamine
  • Amphetamine Sulphate
  • Base
  • Billy
  • Paste
  • Sulph
  • Whizz

Quick info

How the drug works varies from person to person

How you might feel
Alert, energised, wide-awake and/or agitated, panicked, chatty.
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Effects on your body
Can make you feel more energised but also stop you feeling hungry. You might find it really hard to sleep.
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How long it takes to work
A few minutes on average when snorted.
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How long the effects last
3 - 6 hours on average.
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Common risks
A speed ‘comedown’ can last for days. Some people say they feel exhausted and sad after taking it. There is a risk when using a range of stimulant drugs at the same time. This can put your heart under a lot of stress.
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Help and advice

What to do in an emergency

If you or someone else needs urgent help after taking drugs or drinking, call 999 for an ambulance. Tell the crew everything you know. It could save their life.

What else to do in an emergency