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Speed (methamphetamine)

What is methamphetamine (speed)?

Speed (methamphetamine, C10H15N) is a potent and addictive central nervous system stimulant, chemically related to amphetamine, but with greater central nervous system side effects. It is a white, odorless, bitter-tasting powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol.

which means it has a high potential for abuse and is available legally only by prescription. When abused, it is commonly referred to as “speed”, “meth”, or “chalk” and has been in use since the early 1960s. When abused, methamphetamine is usually smoked, snorted, injected, or taken orally.


Common, immediate effects of methamphetamine abuse include:

  • increased activity and body temperature

  • wakefulness

  • talkativeness

  • faster breathing

  • increased concentration

  • decreased appetite

  • elevated blood pressure

  • rapid heart rate

  • increased libido (sex drive)

  • a sense of well-being.

Is speed addicting?




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