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Crystal Meth

Crystal Meth is a very powerful form of speed that can last from 2 to 12 hours. It's hugely addictive and has ruined lots of lives and relationships.

This is a dangerous drug that can seriously affect your entire life

What is it?

Crystal Meth looks like small ice crystals. It is like a very powerful form of speed, and is usually smoked like crack. It can be eaten, snorted (inhaled through the nose) or injected.

How does it make you feel?

It produces a rush at first which is initially like crack. The effects of it last much longer than crack does - from 2 to 12 hours.

The day after a session on meth you will get a real comedown effect where you feel flat and washed out. The more you use, the worse the comedowns.

What are the health effects?

Crystal meth is really powerful and addictive, especially if you smoke it or inject it.

This is a dangerous drug that can seriously affect your health, relationships and life. If you take it you're also at risk of an overdose - which can lead to lung and kidney damage, or worse.

The specific health effects are similar to those of speed and cocaine.

The law

Crystal Meth is an illegal class A drug. The maximum penalty for possession is seven years in prison. For supply it's life in prison, and you can get an unlimited fine for both.

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