Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth, Speed)

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What is Methamphetamine?

(Source: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – CAMH)

Street names: speed, meth, chalk, ice, crystal, crystal meth,  jib, crank, speed, glass

Methamphetamine belongs to a family of drugs called amphetamines — powerful stimulants that speed up the body’s central nervous system. Methamphetamine is a white, odourless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that dissolves easily in water or alcohol and may be snorted, swallowed, smoked or injected. In its smokable form, camh-logo_sqmethamphetamine is called “ice,” “crystal,” “crank” or “glass” because of its transparent, sheet-like crystals. It is smoked in a pipe like crack cocaine.

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halton logoCrystal Meth Brochure for Youth

Information about crystal meth:

  • how it effects you
  • facts including long-term effects
  • risks and staying safe
  • meth labs
  • community resources

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Link to the Halton Region website

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  • In 2009-2011, 10% (±2) of Halton residents and 10% (±1) of Ontario residents aged 15 and over reported using ‘cannabis only’ in the past 12 months (see Figure 1), indicating that cannabis is currently the illicit drug of choice for Halton and Ontario residents.
  • In 2009-2011, the percent of Halton males aged 15 and older using only cannabis in the past 12 months was 15% (±5) compared to 8% (±3) for females (see Figure 2). These differences were not statistically significant.
  • In 2009-2011, the 15-24 age group also had significantly higher rates of ‘cannabis only’ use in the past 12 months [27% (±8)] compared to the 25-44 age group [9% (±3)] and the 45-64 age group [5% (±3)]

Source: 2009-2011 Illicit Drug Use Health Indicator Report 

HEDS Resources – Methamphetamine