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Methamphetamine (crystal meth)

MethamphetamineCrystal meth, a powerful and very addictive stimulant, has become more prominent and popular recently. It gives its users intense feelings of euphoria and also increases sexual desire.

What else is it called?

Ice, glass, yaba, tina, Christine, meth, crystal meth, crank

What does it look like?

It can come in several different forms – including tablets, powder, or crystals, usually small white/glassy crystals The tablets are sometimes referred to as 'yaba' and the smokeable crystals are often called ‘Crystal Meth’ or ‘Ice’. -methylamphetamine has been reported as looking like damp paste or putty.

What is its legal status?

  • Class A drug  illegal to have, give away or sell.
  • Possession can get you up to seven years in jail.
  • Supplying someone else, even your friends, can get you life imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.


How much does it cost?

Prices vary depending on region, but around £40 -£46 per gram of crystal meth,. A single hit can cost up to £15.

What equipment do people use to take it?

Depending on its form, methamphetamine can be swallowed, snorted or injected; and unlike amphetamine, it can also be smoked.using small glass pipes

What about dependence/addiction?

Crystal meth is extremely addictive, both physically and psychologically  For some people, methamphetamine use can lead to very strong psychological and physical dependence, especially if it is injected or smoked. 

This usually means they have 'cravings’ for methamphetamine, and a very strong drive to keep on using it despite evidence of accumulating harms.

Crystal Meth is the most potent and long-lasting form of methamphetamine – and when it is smoked it can be particularly dangerous and addictive.