Desired Effects:Increased alertness, concentration, energy, euphoria, enhance self-esteem, increased libido, appetite suppressant. Similar effects as amphetamine and cocaine but longer lasting.
Side Effects:Irritability, paranoia, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, confusion, diarrhoea and nausea, excessive sweating, loss of appetite, insomnia, tremors, jaw-clenching, agitation, irritability, talkativeness, panic, compulsive fascination with repetitive tasks, increased libido, increased body temperature.
Long term risks:High potential for abuse and dependence, obsessive behaviour, ‘meth mouth’ - loss of teeth related to crystal meth use, tolerance (needing more of the drug to get the same effect) withdrawal symptoms including depression, drug-related psychosis (may last for months or years after drug use is discontinued).
Short term risks:High potential for abuse and dependence, psychosis, violence, overdose (seizures, coma and death).
If injected: syringe and needle, water, tourniquet.
If smoked: matches and tinfoil.
Parents & other relatives
Drug agencies also provide lots of advice and support to parents of people using these drugs. Many street agencies can provide relative support groups or counselling for family members, partners etc.