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, methamphetamine is called “ice,” “crystal,” “crank” or “glass” because of its transparent, sheet-like crystals. It is smoked in a pipe like crack cocaine.
- 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)]