Better Health Channel Department of Health Department of Health
  • Ice (crystal methamphetamine) is a drug that stimulates the brain and nervous system.
  • It is stronger and more addictive than its powder form, methamphetamine (speed).
  • Dependence on ice means a person needs the drug to help them go about their everyday activities.
  • Using other drugs to cope with ‘coming down’ from ice can sometimes lead to dependence on those drugs as well.
  • Victoria has different treatment options to support people with ice dependence – including residential and community-based services.
  • There is no safe level of ice use – harmful reactions may include ice psychosis, and unpredictable or violent behaviour.

Give feedback about this page

More information

Content disclaimer

Content on this website is provided for information purposes only. Information about a therapy, service, product or treatment does not in any way endorse or support such therapy, service, product or treatment and is not intended to replace advice from your doctor or other registered health professional. The information and materials contained on this website are not intended to constitute a comprehensive guide concerning all aspects of the therapy, product or treatment described on the website. All users are urged to always seek advice from a registered health care professional for diagnosis and answers to their medical questions and to ascertain whether the particular therapy, service, product or treatment described on the website is suitable in their circumstances. The State of Victoria and the Department of Health shall not bear any liability for reliance by any user on the materials contained on this website.

Reviewed on: 28-08-2023