Amphetamines versus methamphetamines

We hear a lot about amphetamines and methamphetamines in the media, particularly in relation to the drug ICE, which is a type of methamphetamine. So what is the difference between amphetamines and methamphetamines? Is there a difference?

In simple terms, while they are both stimulant drugs and do share some qualities, there is a difference between amphetamines and methamphetamines.

Amphetamine is a drug that is sometimes used for medicinal purposes, although it’s now more widely used as a recreational drug. Used as prescribed and under strict medical supervision, it can be safe.

On the other hand, methamphetamine is never safe to use. The effects are similar to amphetamine and include increased heart rate and metabolism, impaired speech, dizziness, shallow breathing and rapid pulse. However, methamphetamine is more powerful and its side effects generally occur more quickly than amphetamine.

With these types of side effects, it’s easy to see why there is no room for the drugs in the workplace or on our roads.

Amphetamines versus methamphetamines - what's the difference?

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