SPEED

Speed facts at a glance

The signs and symptoms of using speed can include:

  • Increased and irregular heart rate
  • Increased breathing
  • Teeth grinding
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Aggression
  • Fever and sweating
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Overheating
  • Dry mouth and lips
  • Dilated pupils
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Mood swings
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia

The consequences of using speed may include:

  • Chronic sleep problems
  • Cracked teeth through grinding
  • Panic attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Decreased emotional control
  • Severe depression
  • Violent behaviour
  • Speed psychosis
  • Nerve cell damage
  • Death from heart failure or stroke
  • High risk of dependence (addiction), especially if injected
  • HIV and hepatitis infections through needle sharing

Speed or amphetamine sulphate – printable fact sheet (PDF 93 KB)

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This page was last reviewed in February 2014.