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Sounds Like: speed

Classification: Amphetamine

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: Schedule III-N

Other names for Speed

  • Desoxyn
  • Meth
  • Speed
  • Base
  • Billy
  • Paste
  • Sulph
  • Whizz

Speed Addiction

Gradually, it’s more than possible to gain tolerance for speed, which would mean your body needs more and more of the substance to achieve the same effects wrought of the first use. Anyone can become dependent on speed very easily. The substance is highly addictive. The rate at which dependence increases and addiction sets in behaviorally is faster than compared to many other drugs. This is because the brain tissue tolerance for the drug is highly adaptive, causing users to raise their dosage rate frequently.

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Intended Use of Speed

The drug’s use has become concentrated on weight control, treating depression, improving alertness and preventing sleep. This is because of its stimulant effects. Desoxyn is now the only brand under which this drug is marketed in 5 mg tablets. Desoxyn’s use is quite limited in the treatment for obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In the years 2016, 2017 and 2018, the drug was legally prescribed in the U.S. about 11,000, 10,000 and 9,000 times respectively.

How Speed Is Taken

Clinically referred to as Desoxyn, it was originally used in nasal decongestants and bronchial inhalers. It has since become available in the form of tablets and injectable formulations. It’s chemically similar to other amphetamine but more potent, and it lasts between three to six hours. The drug  increases the release of dopamine to stimulate brain cells and thereby enhance mood and energy. 

Low doses of Desoxyn keep users awake, increase physical activity, accelerate heart rate and blood pressure and diminish one’s appetite. It also increases respiration and body temperature. It can cause euphoria. High doses taken repeatedly, though, have been connected to irritability, convulsions, paranoia and neurotoxic effects than damage both brain cells and blood vessels.

When speed is the subject of substance abuse disorder, these chronic high doses bring aggression and violent behavior out of users. That’s usually directed at children and spouses, and it represents a major risk to those in contact with methamphetamine abusers. High-dose use thereof also leads to death in a variety of ways, including extreme anorexia, convulsions, heart attack, hyperthermia and stroke.

Speed is taken illegally for its stimulant and euphoric effects. It can be eaten, snorted, smoked or injected. Smoking or injecting it causes the euphoric effects to be their most intense. Binge users typically opt for these methods and keep upping their dosage often due to tissue tolerance rapidly increasing. Dependence and addiction, in other words, onset fast.

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Side Effects of

  • Alertness
  • Inability to Sleep
  • No appetite
  • Panic
  • Delusional thinking
  • Auditory hallucinations
  • Agitation

Signs of an
Addiction to Speed


Easily aggravated


Hyper talkative

Abuse Facts

Jodie Sweetin, best known as Stephanie Tanner on Full House, has been publicly forthcoming about her battle with addiction to several substances, including speed. She began developing an increasingly intense drug habit almost as soon as the show ended. In her attempt to adapt to normal life thereafter, she landed on speed, among other things including alcohol and cocaine.