Ice Addiction

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Frequently asked questions

How does ice work?

This substance speeds up the transmission of messages between the brain and the body. It's more powerful, more addictive, and so has more dangerous side effects than speed, which is a powder version of methamphetamine.

Why is ice so addictive?

The drug increases dopamine levels in the brain by increasing the release of a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Dopamine is linked to motor function, motivation, reward, and the pleasure centres of the brain.

What are the physical effects of ice use?

Physical symptoms may include a racing heart and accelerated breathing rate, as well as a rise in body temperature, a dry mouth, and, in some cases, nausea and vomiting. People can experience a stroke or heart failure, as well as seizures, at critical toxicity or overdose levels of ice.

How’s ice used and how long does it take to feel its effects?

Ice is commonly smoked, where the impact is felt almost instantly or injected, with effects taking between 15 and 30 seconds to appear. It can also be snorted (15 to 20 minutes to feel the effects) or swallowed (3 to 5 minutes to feel the effects).

What’s ice psychosis?

Ice psychosis is a psychological disease characterised by paranoid delusions, hallucinations, and unusual, aggressive or violent behaviour caused by high doses of ice and regular use.

What are the risks of mixing ice with other drugs?

When ice is combined with other substances, such as over-the-counter or prescribed medications, the results can be unpredictable and dangerous. It's also especially dangerous when ice is mixed with:

- Speed or ecstasy: puts a tremendous amount of strain on the heart and other sections of the body, potentially leading to stroke.

- Alcohol, cannabis, or benzodiazepines: ice's stimulant properties might disguise the effects of depressant drugs creating a massive strain on the body, highly increasing the risk of overdose.

Is there a safe way of using ice?

There is no such thing as a safe degree of ice consumption; adverse effects might include ice psychosis, as well as unpredictable or violent behaviour.

What are ice’s long-term dangers?

People who use ice on a daily basis may experience physical issues such as severe weight loss, poor sleep, dental issues, frequent infections, difficulty concentrating, tight muscles, depression, heart and kidney problems.

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