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Amphetamines

The term amphetamines is used to describe the group of stimulant drugs including: Methamphetamine, Amphetamine Sulfate and Dexamphetamine.

Meth/amphetamines (Amphetamines) are a group of drugs commonly known as speed. They are classed as stimulant drugs. This means that they affect the central nervous system by speeding up the activity of certain chemicals in the brain, producing a feeling of increased alertness and reduced fatigue.

The amphetamine group includes:

  • Dexamphetamine, commonly known as Dexies, which is used for medical purposes to treat conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. 
  • Amphetamine sulphate, commonly known as speed, whizz and goey, which comes as a powder or waxy paste. 
  • Methamphetamine, commonly known as meth, ice, crystal, shards; which is a more potent form of amphetamine which can come with a crystal-like appearance, as a powder or waxy paste. 

Also known as: Meth, Shards, Speed, Whizz and Tina or for crystal meth, Crack, Rock, Crystal,  Fire, Glass, Go fast, and Ice; or for Dexamphetamine, Freebase, Base and Dexies

Molly: Innocent Name, Deadly Drug

Molly, a pure form of ecstasy or MDMA, is the new, hot drug of choice for many young people who falsely believe the drug is safe. Often handed out at raves and cut with a variety of dangerous substances, molly is exposed as the grave danger that it really is. Interviews with former molly users and drug abuse experts drive home the message that taking molly is playing Russian roulette with your life.

SOURCE: ClickView (2014) Rated E, Duration 16:49 mins.

The Voice of Ice

This dark and atmospheric programme reveals the experiences of ice addiction – told directly by three recovering addicts. Each shares how they started using ice, how it made them feel, how it affected their lives and those around them, and why they decided to get clean. It concludes with each person reading a letter they have written to their 15 year old selves.

SOURCE: ClickView (2015) Rated PG, Duration 20:47 mins.

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