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Methamphetamine & Amphetamine Time Line   PDF  Print  Email 

Jan 18, 1887
Amphetamine was first synthesized by German chemist L. Edeleano and originally named phenylisopropylamine.

1919
Methamphetamine, more potent and easy to make, was discovered in Japan

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1930's
Amphetamines are first marketed as 'Benzedrine' in an over-the-counter inhaler to treat congestion.

1937
Amphetamine is first available in tablet form by prescription for use in the treatment of narcolepsy and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

World War II
Amphetamine widely distributed to soldiers to help them keep fighting.

1942
Dextro-amphetamine and methamphetamine become commonly available.

1970
Amphetamine becomes illegal with the passage of the 'U.S. Drug Abuse Regulation and Control Act of 1970'.

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TermDefinition
Amphetamines Often called "speed" this drug is a synthetically produced Central Nervous System (CNS) stimulant with cocaine-like effects.
Methamphetamine A powerfully addictive stimulant that dramatically affects the central nervous system.
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