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Speed & your employees

Know much about speed? While it’s not as common as marijuana… it’s still a concerning drug that you should know about. Because it’s a stimulant, some workplaces might face issues if workers are looking for drugs that offer increased activity, alertness and energy… at least temporarily.


About speed

About Speed

Depending on the source, you’ll find mixed reports about what speed is and how it’s used. Basically, it’s a term used to describe both amphetamines and methamphetamines. Some say it’s primarily the use of powder or pills. Others extend it to include crystalized forms. Basically, any “upper” that can impact the central nervous system could be classified as speed. It’s a drug that can be smoked, injected, snorted and even taken orally.

Street Names of Speed

Some classify “meth” and “speed” as two different things. Others say they are one in the same. “Speed” can also be used to describe the abuse of some prescription medications. Anytime you hear someone referring to these things, it could indicate use of speed:

“bennies,” “black beauties,” “crosses,” “hearts,” “LA turnaround,” “truck drivers,” “uppers,” “meth,” “chalk,” and “tina,” “ice,” “crystal,” “crank,” “glass,” “fire,” and “go fast.” Source.

Effects of Speed

According to drugs.com, some of the immediate effects of speed could involve:

  • increased activity
  • wakefulness
  • talkativeness
  • increased concentration
  • decreased appetite
  • increased libido
  • a sense of well-being

Basically, those who use speed look for a “pick up” may turn to these drugs. Looking for this “upper” many days in a row, without food, is considered a “run.” It’s because of the temporarily “high,” that these drugs can be highly addictive. Others may look to speed to lose weight or to improve “bedroom” performance.

Harmful Effects of Speed

This “upper” isn’t beneficial to those who use it. Long-lasting impacts can include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased breathing
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Drug dependence
  • Psychological/mental impacts (get violent, depression)
  • Poor immune system

Suspecting your employee is using speed

If you suspect your employee is using speed, you can send them for a 5-panel drug test. This will indicate if they’ve been using the substance in any way. Protect your workplace from substance abuse. Stop the use of speed.


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  1. August 30, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Speed is a danger to both the user and those around the user. If there is any doubt, a 5-panel drug test should absolutely be implemented.

  2. September 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Speed sounds like a terrible drug – the side affects significantly out way any temporary benefit.

  3. September 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Based on the above descriptions, I can understand how speed can be so highly addictive, and desired by individuals. Thank you for shedding some light onto speed.

  4. Mike
    April 27, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    How long does Aderol stay in your system?

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