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Safer ways to use amphetamine (speed, base)

Taking amphetamine is never completely safe but you can reduce the risks by not injecting.

Here are some other methods you could try.

Snort (sniff) it

To snort speed:

  1. Roll up a piece of paper or card into a straw
  2. Put a small amount of speed onto a smooth, clean surface
  3. Chop it with a clean razor blade or knife to get rid of any lumps
  4. Use the razor blade or knife to make a short line of speed
  5. Put one end of the straw into your nose then run the other end along the line and inhale the speed in one go

Swallow it

Speed can be swallowed by mixing it with a drink. You can also ‘bomb’ it – wrap it in a cigarette paper and swallow it.

Put it up your bum

The inside of your bum (anus) has a good blood supply. That means anything you put up there gets into your bloodstream quickly.

To take speed via your bum:

  1. Get it ready in the barrel as though you were going to inject
  2. Take the needle off (important!)
  3. Lie on your side, put the tip of the barrel about an inch into your bum and push the plunger
  4. Stay lying down for about 10 minutes

Alternatives to injecting