Ice facts: What you need to know

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ICE is methamphetamine and is part of the amphetamine family of drugs, which also includes speed.

Ice is the most pure form and is known by a variety of other names including crystal meth, meth, shabu, batu, d-meth, tina and glass.

The signs and symptoms of using ice can include:

  • Increased heart and breathing rate
  • Trembling hands and fingers
  • High blood pressure
  • Overheating and excessive sweating
  • Stomach cramps
  • Blurred vision
  • Bad headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Reduced appetite
  • Irritability and hostility
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis
  • Panic attacks
  • Out of control aggression
  • Itching, picking or scratching skin.

The consequences of using ice may include:

  • Paranoia
  • Increased risk of stroke
  • High risk of dependence (addiction)
  • Chronic sleep problems
  • Memory loss
  • Blood-borne infections (like hepatitis C and HIV) through needle-sharing
  • Anorexia
  • Malnutrition
  • Heart an lung problems
  • Increased risk of kidney problems
  • Depression
  • Loss of ability to make decisions.

For more information visit http://www.drugs.health.gov.au/

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