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What can a bad experience on methamphetamine feel like?

Overdoses on meth are not uncommon in New Zealand, especially if you use often or in large amounts. If you are using meth, it is helpful to be aware of what an overdose or a bad trip looks like so you or the people around you can act quickly.

If you experience unexpected or concerning effects from meth you can notify High Alert to help keep others safe.

If you …

Then …

Feel agitated or irritable

Have headaches

Are breathing rapidly

Feel anxious

Feel paranoid

Feel dizzy

Have stomach-aches

Have a feeling of crawling on your skin

Feel sweaty or very hot or very cold

Are hyperactive

Feel jittery

Feel nauseous

Try these things at home:

  • Focus on breathing – try taking slow, deep breaths.
  • If you are able, call and talk to somebody you trust and ask them to help keep you calm.
  • Do not take more meth, caffeine, alcohol or other drugs, as these can make you feel worse.
  • Move to somewhere quiet – try to sit or lie down and do something relaxing.
  • Drink water to stay hydrated.

Experience bladder problems or pee dark urine

Experience changes in your personality

Have mood swings

Experience heart palpitations

Experience tremors

Feel increased agitation or aggression

Experience increased paranoia

Feel panicked or have a panic attack

Have a fever

Have severe headaches or migraines

Vomit

Have severe diarrhoea

Hallucinate

Call a doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116)

They can talk you through the next steps.

 

Are jerking and have rigid limbs

Have trouble breathing

Experience psychosis

Experience severe emotional distress

Experience chest pain

Lose sensation on one side of your body

Have a seizure

Lose consciousness

Call 111

These are signs of a methamphetamine overdose. You or the people around you should act quickly.

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