28 March 2003
Users of the party drug 'crystal meth' — a high-purity crystalline methamphetamine — experience significant side-effects even with low-level use, Australian researchers say.
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre researchers looked at 45 users of crystal meth — also known as 'ice' — and found about two-thirds reported anxiety, paranoia, depression and/or irritability related to its use (International Journal of Drug Policy 2003; 14: 17-24).
Many also used drugs such as benzodiazepines to come down from crystal meth.
Most users in this sample were male, highly educated and employed. Most were committed party drug users, identified as homosexual or bisexual, and had started using the drug recently.
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