Ice and speed are two different forms of the same drug – amphetamine.
Ice, also known as crystal meth, generally comes as small chunky clear crystals that look like ice. It can also come as white or brownish crystal-like powder with a strong smell and bitter taste. It is the strongest type of methamphetamine available and regular use of ice can lead to dependence. It is usually smoked or injected.
Speed comes in the form of white or brownish powder, capsules or tablets. The powder can be injected, snorted or swallowed. Speed pills can be made up of a mix of different ingredients, including binding agents, caffeine and sugar.
Ice and speed are often packaged in aluminium foil, plastic bags or small balloons.
These drugs can cause effects such as:
- High levels of energy
- Increased confidence and talkativeness
- Increased heart rate
Taking too much ice or speed can lead to:
- Irregular breathing
- Loss of coordination