Ice facts at a glance 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, scratching skin The consequences of using ice may include: • • • • • •
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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 and lung problems Increased risk of kidney problems Depression Loss of ability to make decisions
What is it? Ice and base are methamphetamine, part of the amphetamine family of drugs which also includes speed. The difference between ice, base and speed is that ice is the most pure form, followed by base then speed. The 'high' experienced from ice and base is much more intense, and with intense reactions come powerful responses including comedown, the potential for dependence (addiction) and chronic physical and mental problems. Ice is known as a variety of other names, including: crystal meth, meth, crystal, shabu, batu, d-meth, tina and glass. Base is also known as: speed dexedrine, dexies, dex, shad, go-ee, glass, tina, paste, oxblood, shabu, yabba and crank. Physical effects Both ice and base produce a very intense 'rush', and depending on how many times it is consumed this effect can last between four and twelve hours. Ice users experience a feeling of exhilaration and increased arousal and activity levels. They feel more awake and it suppresses appetite. When ice or base is used, the receptors in the brain are flooded with monoamines. As more is taken, these receptors can be destroyed – and...