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SPEED

• Speed (amphetamine) was produced in 1887 for the first time. Symptomatic of a society affected by an increasing pressure to perform it attained wide spread popularity since the nineties despite of prohibition.

• The fact that pilots in the US airforce have obtain Speed for combat missions reflects the contradictions of the official drug policy.

• The purity of illegalised Speed is heavily fluctuating. In most cases additives are mixed with Speed available on the street.

• It is usually sniffed as a white or yellowish powder. Depending on the dosage the effect lasts up to 10 hours.

• On Speed thinking seems to accelerate, euphoria occurs, and self-esteem is increased.

• At the level of the body Speed suppresses hunger and fatigue. But there is no energy added to the body, as reserves are exploited untill total exhaustion.

• High dosages and permanent use can lead to aggression, overestimation of one’s own capabilities, and confusion.

• Possible adverse effects are: tachycardia, nausea, tremors, unclean skin and increased bowel activity.

• Frequent use harms the mucous membrane of the nose and wastes the body.

• When the effect decreases often a temporary depressive state occurs that can tempt one to take more. The risk of dependency is thereby relatively high.

• The circulation is heavily burdened by Speed. Therefore it is important, specially while dancing, to drink water or juices, and to grant the body some rest.

• If it’s sniffed through the nose there’s the danger of viral infections. Therefore bank notes should be avoided and one’s own tube should always be used.


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